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Potteric Carr

Another trip out to Potteric Carr setting off from home about 10:30am it not so good weather with fine drizzle following us most of the way but the clouds parted and the sun shone for most of the time we were there. We arrived about 11:30am so we headed off towards the cafe area for lunch first seeing on our way Tufted Duck, Mallards, Robins,Wren, Long Tailed Tit, Blue Tit and Great Tits. After dinner we sat ourselves in the Willow Pool hide and watched the birds coming into the feeders here we saw Chaffinch, Reed Bunting, Robin, Moorhen, Coots, Mallards, Pheasant, Willow Tit, Coal Tit, Great Tit, Blue Tit, and a splendid Great Spotted Woodpecker. We decided then on a walk down to Pickup Hide and on doing so flushed a Kingfisher from under the bridge on Mother Drain seeing its flash of blue heading away from us. On the walk we managed to add Treecreeper to the day list, at Pickup hide Mute Swan, Coot, and Mallards were present along with a Green Sandpiper.

We headed back then seeing very little else on our way around we stopped off eventually at Decoy Hide in the vain of a Bittern but alas today again wasn’t the day there was however some Pochard present, no butterflies today present from the previous dat when Brimstone and Peacock were seen we did manage a couple of ladybird

The days list (in no order) :-

Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Willow Tit, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Robin, Reed Bunting, Wren, Dunnock < Blackbird, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Moorhen, Coot, Mallard, Tufted Duck, Black-headed Gull, Mute Swan, Canada Goose, Crow, Green Sandpiper, Kingfisher, Grey Heron, Pochard, Treecreeper, Bullfinch


Mute Swan

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