My Patch

Broadstones and Ingbirchworth Reservoirs

Noon start at Ingbirchworth saw a few Meadow Pipits and Pied Wagtails  going thru along with 6-off Redwings. Looking around a huge flock of Starlings lifted into the sky revealing a Sparrowhawk giving chase, and with Little Grebe (3), Great Crested Grebe (1) on the water with the usual host of Mallard and Canada Geese. and a handful of Black Headed Gulls. I decided to move into the small wooded area to find Blackbirds, Robin, Chaffinch, Wren and the Redwings, the fly overs I think.

A move then after an hour from here to Ingbirchworth Res to try and find the bird that has been eluding me all year. It took a while and not before seeing a fine male Great Spotted Woodpecker, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and a 1-off male Brambling and then the bird I’d hoped for Willow Tit right in front of me down to a couple of feet calling as well a better than hoped for encounter. On the Reservoir water Mallard, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, 3-off Wigeon and a lot of Black Headed Gulls and 2-off Common Gulls

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