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First Light (or the Burning Bush?)
Knot (Spot the Redshank & Bar Tailed Godwit?)
Oystercatcher's caught up in the "lava flow" of Knot!
Knot, Oystercatcher, Bar Tailed Godwit & Turnstone
Knot, Oystercatcher, Bar Tailed Godwit & Grey Lag Goose
Shorelark (Horned Lark)
Avocet, Black Tailed Godwit, Lapwing
Avocet & Black Tailed Godwit
It was still only 1030 and I decided to head for the Nene Washes at Eldernell but called in at Wolferton Triangle not really expecting to see anything and was delighted to spot two splendid male Golden Pheasant's disappearing into the woodland.
Arriving at Eldernell, the area was well flooded with around 20 distant Whooper Swans. I have never seen so many Pintail in one place, around 500, also Black Tailed Godwit numbering about 200, and two distant Common Crane's. It was interesting to see two Roe Deer out in the flood water. Thankfully, Bambi did not drown and both eventualy made it to dry land.
My final destination was to be Eyebrook Reservoir, an area that I do not visit very often. It was here that I had my first Red Kite of the day. A search of the water around the "Island" soon had me onto a Slavonian Grebe but no sign of the recent Black Necked Grebe. The feeders near the Stoke Dry layby had Goldfinch, Marsh Tit and Tree Sparrow with the usual common opportunists.
All in, a good day.
Today's Sightings: (Year ticks in red):
SNETTISHAM - Lapwing; Pheasant; Wren; Blackbird; Robin; Grey Lag Goose; Mallard; Dunnock; BH Gull; Shelduck; Redshank; Curlew; Tufted Duck; Coot; Cormorant; Moorhen; Egyptian Goose; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Herring Gull; Oystercatcher; Canada Goose; Knot; Dunlin; Brent Goose; Med Gull; Black Tailed Godwit; Avocet; Barn Owl; Skylark; Reed Bunting; Dabchick; Wigeon; Pink Footed Goose; Teal; Bar Tailed Godwit; Barnacle Goose; Turnstone; Ringed Plover; Red Legged Partridge; Marsh Harrier; Goldeneye; Chaffinch; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Mute Swan; Linnet; Pintail; Shorelark; Goldfinch; Pied Wagtail; Kestrel; Magpie; Rook.
WOLFERTON TRIANGLE - Golden Pheasant
NENE WASHES - ELDERNELL - Grey Heron; BH Gull; Shoveler; Mute Swan; Carrion Crow; Gadwall; Kestrel; Herring Gull; Whooper Swan; Fieldfare; Mallard; Magpie; Lapwing; Wood Pigeon; Tufted Duck; Chaffinch; Wigeon; Pintail; Oystercatcher; Canada Goose; Grey Lag Goose; Black Tailed Godwit; Tufted Duck; Teal; Green Woodpecker; Shelduck; Blackbird; Redwing; Skylark; Common Crane; Rook; Starling; Jackdaw; Cormorant; Moorhen; Greenfinch; Great Tit; Robin; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Marsh Harrier; Coot; Pochard; Snipe; Wren; Great Crested Grebe; Blue Tit; Pheasant; Buzzard; Meadow Pipit.
EYEBROOK RESERVOIR - Slavonian Grebe; Common Gull; Grey Heron; BH Gull; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; LBB Gull; Wigeon; Tufted Duck; Wood Pigeon; Carrion Crow; Teal; Gadwall; Blackbird; Magpie; Rook; Mute Swan; Goldeneye; Cormorant; Mallard; Slelduck; Buzzard; Red Kite; Pheasant; Great Tit; Goldfinch; Pochard; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Redwing; Robin; Dunnock; Marsh Tit; Pied Wagtail; Song Thrush; Canada Goose; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Tree Sparrow.