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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Draycote Water (in the Gloom!)

With yesterday being a complete washout, I was keen to get out for a couple of hours this morning, and a window of opportunity opened so off to Draycote I went. The morning was rather dull and gloomy (annoying, because as I write this, the sun is shining!), and the wind was bitterly cold. It was as I fought into the winds teeth, I wished my gloves were on my hands and not at home in a cupboard and I also needed my winter coat which was also warming my wardrobe at home!

The gloom did not bode well for photographs as you will see. However, bird wise it was good to see three (later four) Goosander (2m & 2f) just off the pontoons. A large number of Meadow Pipits along Farborough Bank contained one Rock Pipit, (didn't realise it at the time but a year tick) and the Goldeneye numbers are gradually increasing. Farborough Spit held two Dunlin, with four later seen in flight along the bank. Toft held several Goldcrests, Treecreepers and a number of mixed Tit / Finch flocks, but they held only common species.


Tufted Duck

Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Goldeneye

Dunlin

Dunlin

Dunlin

Great Crested Grebe

Goosander

Goosander

Goosander

Goosander


(More images on my website - see link opposite)


Todays Sightings:

Kesterl; Rook; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Dunnock; Great Tit; Black Headed Gull; Blackbird; Robin: Grey Heron; Coot; Cormorant; Wren; GBB Gull; Teal; Herring Gull; LBB Gull; Lapwing; Tufted Duck; Moorhen; Mallard; Pied Wagtail; Great Crested Grebe; Jackdaw; Goosander; Meadow Pipit; Pochard; Goldeneye; Fieldfare; Canada Goose; Dabchick; Magpie; Starling; Common Gull; Chaffinch; Gadwall; Blue Tit; Wigeon; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Redwing; Goldfinch; Goldcrest; Treecreeper; Long Tailed Tit; Rock Pipit; Mute Swan; Dunlin.

2 comments:

ShySongbird said...

Well done for braving the weather Kevin. It's certainly pretty bleak at Draycote when it is cold with no sun! You still got some good photos despite the conditions. Hope you have warmed up by now.

Nice also to see the Teal doing what they do best :)

Kevin Groocock said...

Problem was, I was not dressed for the windchill! No gloves and only a fleece with bodywarmer! It felt quite mild in the car park!

I couldn't resist the Teal - pity the light wasn't better.