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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