This is an attempt to share some of the sightings of birds and various other wildlife that can be seen around the National Trust property here at Sissinghurst in Kent, plus some accounts of trips further afield.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
Yesterday afternoon I decided to visit Whetsted to see if I could catch up with the Hooded Merganser that I missed a couple of weeks ago. The walk to the pit the Merganser was on was reasonably productive, a COMMON BUZZARD showed well perched halfway up some conifers and a GREEN SANDPIPER was seen, there were at least 30 SHOVELER, 11 TEAL, good numbers of TUFTED DUCK and POCHARD. A few FIELDFARES drifted over and a female GOLDENEYE was still present. The HOODED MERGANSER was at the back of the pit associating with a couple of MALLARD, it disappeared and I found it a couple minutes later the other end of the pit. I did take a few pictures but the light and the distance didn't give me the images I would have liked but I might go back as this patch is a place I did visit on occasions when I worked in Paddock Wood. On the way back to the car I found the male SMEW on the next pit, it to didn't get close but still I had a go at some pics.
Each time the Hooded Merganser dived, it opened it's beak as if a taking a deep breath! wise move :-)