Friday 1 January 2016

New Years Day, Patch List Begins.

Always the most exciting day of the year on the patch, Started well just after 06:30am adding Barn Owl along the entrance track.

Before light broke many birds in song and a flyby Shortie bombs past.
The river held Blackwit, Dunlin, Curlew, Redshank and a single Ringo.
Egyptian Goose on wennington was a local mega and was probably the bird of the day.
A couple more Shorties showed around the serin mound.

A single Water Pipit from the butts hide and the over wintering Dartford Warbler was the best birds that the reserve had to offer, though a goldcrest in the woodland was a good tricky bird to connect with this early on.

elusive Dartford Warbler

much showier Stonechat

Ended my visit on 75 species, not bad for six hours and was back home for lunch.  2015 ended with 132 and my best year was 162 so will see what this year has to offer.

1 comment:

  1. Excellent stuff and cracking Stonechat images. Good luck in 2016 ☺