Tuesday, 7 December 2010
Tuesday 7th December 2010
Another cold day, with the snow cover persisting but at least the fog had lifted. Back down to Bradbourne at lunchtime (with newly repaired bike).
The Woodcock was a no show, but a couple of Pochards remained, including the bird with the 'nasal band'. Thanks to all those who have contacted me about these tags - it seems this bird could well have been tagged in France or Portugal, further investigations should tell. I managed to get a closer look and could make out the character 'J4' which should help give me some history.
A pair of Gadwall were also present, along with 11x Common Gulls. Walking around the lake I flushed out 2x Snipe and a Grey Heron and located 8x Lapwings with a flock of 60+ Canada Geese. One of the flushed Snipe, sped off zig-zagging and 'squelching' in the overacting they way they do, and sped high over John Clements house in Ditton and all the way back again before dropping in amongst the geese and Lapwings! A couple of the Lapwings then lifted off and joined the gulls - all very cliquey!