09-10 November At The Hide & "The Eyes"

19th November 2013
09 – 10 Nov 2013

Photos to follow

As it was nice and bright on Saturday morning I got out with the camera and went to the hide.

There weren’t many birds around just the usual Blue and Great Tits, Robin, Dunnock, & Wren.

The Robin posed nicely for a few shots, they usually do.


The Great Tits were back and to the peanuts I’d put out, picking them up then flying back to the shelter of the conifers to eat them; they were very active and they didn’t linger for very long.

Great Tit

Great Tit

On Sunday it was quite bright again but there had been a slight frost during the night so I went down to Woolston Eyes to see if there was anything of interest there.

As I crossed the footbridge over the bund there was a single Cormorant quite close by but as soon as I raised the camera to my eye it dove down and reappeared too far away to get a worthwhile photo.

There were a few other waterfowl on the water in the distance and that was about it.

I had a look at the South Pool from the first viewing screen and I was pleased to see water instead of dry mud, the recent rain had obviously been enough to get a decent level of water.

There weren’t any birds on this pool but there were Canada Geese, Shovelers and Teal in the nearest channel.

I then went to the Frank Lindley Hide but there wasn’t much activity immediately in front of the hide, most of the birds were on the far side of the pool. These were mainly Shoveler, Teal, Mallards, Canada Geese and Black-headed Gulls. A few Greylag Geese flew in, Cormorants flying over and loads of Greenfinch, Chaffinch and some Willow Tits on the feeders.

Greylag Goose


As there wasn’t much happening I went to see if there was anything down at the Rotary Hide but it was the same story there.

I did notice some fungi close to the rotary Hide so I took some photos of them in the absence of any birds.

fungi 1

fungi 2

fungi 3

As I was leaving and walking back over the footbridge there was another photographer taking some photos as he had spotted a Mandarin Duck (female) roosting in a tree not too far away from the bridge. I did have a go myself but it was very difficult to see and I got more branches and twigs than bird so that one went in the trash.

For anyone visiting “The Eyes” in the near future I understand that some work is being carried out to improve the scrape in front of the John Morgan Hide involving a mechanical digger, so that may disrupt your visit.

Thanks for reading.


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