Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Sand Bay and Cheddar Resevoir - 27 November

Two seperate birding sessions today, one in sunshine, and another in sunshine turning to rain.

Sand Bay - 10.00 - 11.30 - Stationary watch with scope
Tide receding, weather warm, sunny but with stiff breeze.

Woodpigeon, Chaffinch, Magpie, 150+Shelduck, 40+ Curlew, 500+ Dunlin, giving fabulous displays across the sea, 10+ Grey Plover, 7 Oystercatcher, 2 Redshank, 4 poss 5 Knot with Dunlin, usual Linnet flocks flying about, 3 Pied Wagtail, Raven overhead, 1 male and 2 female Stonechat, Kestrel, perched on post, 2 Greenfinch, 2 juv Mute Swans flew in from sea and over into fields, 10+Mallard, numerous Black Headed Gulls, Common Gull, 1 Skylark out of grass. On drive home, Carrion Crow, Redwing and Fieldfare.

Cheddar Resevoir - 13.00 - 15.30 - walk around the entire resevoir in a failed attempt to view the Red Necked Grebe. I've dipped. Weather started out lovely, but by 2.30, squally rain had set in, not pleasant at all.

Magpie, Cormorant, Goldfinch, Meadow Pipit, Pied Wagtail, 3000+ Coot, Carrion Crow, Lesser Black Backed Gull, Rook, male Stonechat, 2 Wigeon (in one of the rhynes viewed from the walkway), party of 7 Long-Tailed Tit, Tufted Duck, Pochard, lovely male Goosander flew in and gave fabulous view, male Gadwall, 50+ Jackdaws overhead, Robin, Woodpigeon

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