Sunday, January 11, 2009

Sunday 11th January

After yesterday's excitiment I was able to get out for a 3 hour stint from 9.15am. I parked up at Lunsford Lane hoping for another sighting of the Jack Snipe. Although it had been seen early on I couldn't track it down. I did see 2 Lesser Redpoll along the road here shortly after bumping into Adam who was also trying to track the Jack Snipe down.


Wandering from here I headed towards the scrape where I saw a Common Snipe and 4 Lapwing. On towards the Bittern area I had a scan of the frozen pit, no sign of Bittern but I did see a Treecreeper - a difficult bird to get at New Hythe sometimes.


On around the West Scrub I added Goldcrest and a Rook over. Through the East Scrub where there were lots of common finches I crossed the railway. I scanned Abbeymead and on the open water I saw a redhead Goosander (I later heard that the Goosander on Alders was there around the same time so this looks like a second bird for the area)

Common Gull

The water was high on the river and the only birds of note were a good numbers of Teal. Another Rook came over low and several Bullfinch were calling. A Sparrowhawk came over low.

Around Brooklands Lake I was scanning for Bittern (seen here over the weekend by others) but didn't add anything new.

Along the Millstream a Cettis called briefly (only the second I have heard this year) but I didn't see anything else of note. Back over the mound by the scrape I had some good views of the male Stonechat. A Kingfisher also wizzed past along the Millstream.Wren

I had a brief look in the small wood by the Country Park carpark and a Great Spotted Woodpecker was drumming, close by another was drumming loudly on a pylon. Another Kingfisher was along the Millstream along Lunsford Lane as I was checking again for the Jack Snipe.


At 10:11 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Great shot of the Wren Steve! I never see Rook in or over Mote Park, despite there being a Rookery a couple of miles away (as the rook flies!!).

At 8:39 am, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
Sounds like trespassing is becoming infectious .
But , if you do have good sightings , we can't help it .
Good read and shots as usual .

At 4:27 pm, Blogger Warren Baker said...

Marvelous Wren photo steve. Top photo that one!

At 7:39 pm, Blogger Ken said...

Quite a circuit you did Steve. I am still waiting for a Bullfinch for the year list.A good days birding, and a great pose by the Wren. Well captured.

At 8:38 pm, Blogger John Young said...

Great shots Steve, i'll have to have a nose around Lunsford lane next time i'm in the area. Haven't seen a jack snipe for a while.


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