Saturday, February 09, 2008

Saturday 9th February

A beautiful morning today. Sunny and clear but very cold, 0 degrees on my car as I pulled up by the water works at 9.30. Unfortunately I could only spare just over an hour today.

As I walked through the gate a Cettis Warbler called loudly and showed briefly to my right and several Goldfinch called as the flew over. I walked to the Millstream/Streamside Lake and the Red Head Smew was still there diving frequently. The air was full of bird song as I scanned Abbey Mead - nothing out of the ordinary here though. As time was short I retraced my steps and had several Redwing by the scrape including two that were chasing each other through the trees - probably pairing up.

Red Head Smew (heavily cropped as still distant)

I decided to drive around to Brooklands Lake car park and see if I could locate the Redpoll that has been seen here. No sign unfortunately but another Cettis sang loudly but typically remained hidden. I quickly scanned Brooklands but the light was against me.

Great Crested Grebe


At 10:35 am, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Steve. Just for info apart from a small flock of 3 or 4 redpoll in the car park last week i've also had 3 separate birds on the far side of Brooklands adjacent to the sunken marsh.Might be worth a look.
Best regards.

At 10:39 am, Anonymous Phil Sharp said...

Sorry............didn't mean to remain anonymous with previous comment!

Phil Sharp

At 5:51 pm, Blogger Steve said...

Thanks Phil...they continue to ellude me this weekend....


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