Walking the woods, a COMMON BUZZARD drifted through the canopy and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER drummed, there were also good numbers of SONG THRUSHES in any exposed leaf litter. A single SISKIN flew over calling and once again MARSH TIT, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER and all those flock birds were around in good numbers. During the second walk I managed to add LITTLE EGRET to the day list and KESTREL, as well as 11 LAPWINGS in the fields with sheep.
Today I headed to Paddock Wood after Marcus Lawson found a Hooded Merganser yesterday afternoon, it was bitterly cold and I met Marcus and 3 of the Saganauts, unfortunately the bird had disappeared but there was a really good selection of wildfowl in evidence, there were lots of TEAL, GADWALL, SHOVELER, POCHARD and TUFTED DUCK as well as a smart drake SMEW, 2 RED CRESTED POCHARD, a GOLDENEYE, 30+ BARNACLE GEESE plus several fly-by GOOSANDER!! A really interesting morning, I also saw a KINGFISHER as I headed back to the car.
|Excellent selection of ducks on this tiny patch of ice free lake|