Saturday, January 02, 2010

Saturday 2nd January 2010

My first blog post since May. 2009 was a very busy year with me starting a new job in April and then our 5th child being born at the end of October. Good news is things are hopefully settling down so I can start to get out and about again in 2010.

Today I was out for 3 hours, 10 until 1pm. It was very icy. Alders was three quarters iced over and Little Lunsford (where there has been two Goldeneye in recent weeks completely iced over)
A Jay flew in front of me as I walked around Alders quickly followed by two Sparrowhawk that proceeded to gain height and circle the lake. I heard a Kingfisher call here but couldn't find it.

Back around to the Mill stream lake where there were several Siskin in the Alders. A good selection of water birds including Gadwall, Shoveler, Pochard and good numbers of Tufted Duck. a female Bullfinch gave good views close by.

Best sighting was a Red Head Smew on Abbey Mead - although distant it gave good views in the sunshine, diving constantly.

Around Abbey Mead and towards the river which held several Teal. A Grey Wagtail also flew over and a Kestrel hovered.

Back around Abbey Mead and through the West Scrub where I added my only winter thrush of the visit with a small flock of Redwing.


At 3:32 pm, Blogger Greenie said...

Steve ,
About time too !
Good to hear you are back in the world of the employed again , and congratulations on No.5 .
Nearly went to New Hythe this morning , but got involved with shopping etc .
Welcome back .

At 3:33 pm, Blogger alan woodcock said...

Hi Steve,nice to have you back on site,Happy New Year.Alan.

At 3:46 pm, Blogger Dean said...

Yeh, good to have you back, Steve. Hope everything goes well from now on in.

At 7:38 pm, Blogger Kingsdowner said...

Your absence had been noted - and apologies accepted.
The juxtaposition of posts of nightingale and smew is probably unique in the blogging world!

At 8:10 pm, Blogger Adam said...

Welcome back to Steve - looking forward to 2010 sightings and photos. Catch up soon,


At 9:52 pm, Blogger Simon said...

Hi Steve, great to see you blogging. Sounds like you had a good day - well done with the Smew! All the best for 2010.

At 10:54 am, Anonymous Phil Sharp said...

Hi Steve
Good to see you're posting again.
Look forward to seeing more very soon.
All the best

At 6:00 pm, Blogger alan roman said...

Hi Steve - We still haven't met but welcome back. Happy new year Alan


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