8th Jan 08.15 The blue lagoon
A fine morning after our first dry night for a while, the only new bird of interest was a
Standalone farm next, I was greeted by a very confiding
The only other sighting of note was a superb dog fox that strolled straight toward me apparently unperturbed by my presence patch total 54
Jan 9th Radwell
Two and a half hours on the patch brought nothing new, but it was a very fine day
Jan 10th Standalone at dawn
I saw what appeared to be a monochrome blue tit in a little tit flock which turned out to be a Long tailed tit with a very short tail, also in the flock was a GOLDCREST. I heard my first SONG THRUSH singing. Patch total 56
Jan 11th Standalone
A quick early trip to Standalone was rewarded by a KINGFISHER flying across the lake in front of the hide and perching in the tree opposite patch total 57
Jan 12th Blue lagoon
On a beautiful morning I found a GREAT CRESTED GREBE with little else except a large number of coots
Standalone was next after I had picked up Lesley and we saw a WATER RAIL from the hide.
The greenway path was our route homewards and we saw our first true ‘exaltation’ of Skylarks, approximately 100 birds patch total 59
Jan 13th Greenway path
An early walk turned up another large flock of golden plover, and double figures of skylarks, mixed amongst them were a number of LINNETS I also think I saw something like twite but could not prove it conclusively patch total 60
Jan 14th Greenway path.
Two visits for the finch flock went unrewarded, I certainly saw them but not close enough to I.D. Other birds of note were a large flock of rooks and more large numbers of skylarks, Lesley managed to spot her first fox of the year here.