31 March 12 Saturday at the Eyes

02nd April 2012
When I awoke on Saturday it didn’t appear to be a great day for photography, poor light and a slight wind to roughen the water ruining any chance of reflections.

When I arrived at No.3 bed there where about 7 cars parked up and I thought I was going to have company. I wandered round to the Rotary Hide but didn’t see anything of note, however I did see and hear plenty of Chiffchaff.

On the water I could see a couple of Black-necked Grebes, Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebes, Gadwalls, Pochards, Shovelers and Black-headed gulls. Unfortunately nothing came close enough to take a decent photograph. However a pair of Lapwings where scaling the uneasy sky flapping the lapwing fly.

Lapwing flying the Lapwing fly

After a while I moved to the centre hide, where I saw more of the birds listed above and additionally Lesser Black backed gulls, five more Black-necked Grebe, Teal, Cormorant, Mallard, a single Greylag Goose, a pair of Canada Geese and a single Mute Swan. There were also Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, Greenfinch, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Dunnock, Wren and a Pheasant.



Black-necked Grebe not yet in full summer plumage and too far away!

When I first arrived there was Black headed Gull on the edge of the water that didn’t look very well and by the time I left, sadly it had died.

While I was in the centre hide some of the committee members came in who had been doing a count and officially they had counted twelve Black-necked Grebe.

Black-necked Grebe

Just as an aside they had counted eleven Reed Bunting and I’ve had five or six in the garden for most of the winter! Obviously adapting to the seed available in garden feeders.

Reed Bunting one of the five or six that appear daily in our garden

Interestingly I also saw my first Redpoll in the garden on Wednesday through to Saturday, a nice little bird. I tried to make it into a Mealy or an Arctic but had to make do with it being a Lesser Redpoll in the end.

Lesser Redpoll

Sunday was a nicer day but I didn’t get out to do any photography however I did manage to take a few photos in the garden, Reed Bunting, Greenfinch and the moon.

The Moon - taken in daylight

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