Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Catching up

After work Saturday went to Barking Bay, added both Pochard and Wigeon both scarce here, obviously all pushed onto the river in the big freeze, and a pair of Goosander flew down river was a site tick.

A flock of 4 Common Sandpiper were unusual near the outfall as was a single Jack Snipe.

Sunday: The mighty Masey held a 3w Yellow-legged Gull briefly, Green Sandpiper and two Lapwing, onto Barking Bay a single Golden and six Grey Plover in the Bay and an increase in duck at the outfall, for a change of scenery went to the valley with Shaunboy where we saw Water Rail, Kingfisher, Cetti's Warbler and Little Owl.

A brief visit to Belhus Country Park where 3 redhead Smew were present, until some idiot flushed every bird off the lake (aka phsycokiller)

2 of the 3 belhus birds (b 4 flying!!)

Tuesday: me and Shaunboy visit Stubbers outdoor pursuit centre in south okendon on the way home from work and find a cracking drake Scaup along side 3 redhead Smew.(pls sign in at reception if visiting here)

Wednesday: today a late aternoon visit to Mighty Masey produces my second ever record of Smew, a fine redhead on the main boating lake.

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