Today is my Birthday and what a change from last year. Last year was spent freezing cold in a blizzard attempting to see the Great Grey Shrike near Grandborough. This year it was a walk at Draycote in the milder but very dull and blustery conditions. What is common to both years is the lack of any decent photographs!
The drake Smew was favouring Toft Bay, so was only viewed through the scope as I had chosen to walk to the Valve Tower and back. The Inlet held the Pink Footed Goose along with the Greylags and the fields behind held large finch flocks, containing at least 12 Bramblings. The "settling" pool below Draycote Bank contained a Little Egret whose presence antaganised a Grey Heron. The nearby stream had a Kingfisher for a short time. Two female Shoveler were off Hensborough Bank and the only raptors were two Buzzard and a Kestrel.
Chaffinch; Blackbird; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Cormorant; Jackdaw; Mallard; Tufted Duck; Black Headed Gull; Coot; Great Crested Grebe; LBB Gull; Robin; Pied Wagtail; Bullfinch; Goldeneye; Pochard; Fieldfare; Redwing; Magpie; Rook; Goosander; Dabchick; Common Gull; Teal; Pink Footed Goose; Lapwing; Little Egret; Grey Heron; Moorhen; Kingfisher; Linnet; Brambling; Pheasant; Blue Tit; Buzzard; Shoveler; Kestrel; Goldfinch; Starling; Wigeon; Smew.