Saturday, February 28, 2009

Friday and Saturday (27th/28th Feb)

On Friday I had a quick walk around Fingers and had a probable Otter on East Fingers which was a real bonus. It was a typically brief view from the Spit, as it swam down to the bay at the south end, initially on the surface but diving shortly after I saw it. It shot off under water like a rocket, given away by the wake on the surface, and scattered all the Mallards that had been in the bay. I tried to get round that side for a better view but as usual it had done the disappearing trick. Other highlights were the whinnying Little Grebe on West Fingers along with about half a dozen Shoveler. In the big willows just past the Sedgewick Seat a couple of Treecreepers were busy investigating every nook and cranny while a Great Spotted Woodpecker gave good views above. At Kramer hide a Kingfisher was seen.

Saturday I wandered around the park with John. The highlight was the pair of Siskins on the Alders by the fishing swims at the east end of the main lake. We had a Water Rail along the Crescent footpath and singing Reed Bunting in the reed bed. At least 4 Little Grebe were seen on West Fingers along with at least 9 Moorhen and a Coot. There were also a few Shoveler but they were very flighty this morning and were gone as soon as they saw us. In the Rough a single Redwing and a male Bullfinch shared a tree.

Seemed to be loads of Great Spots around the park this morning with a few drumming and a pair in the coppiced section next to the sheep pen. We also had at least 3 Sparrowhawks, having seen one by Kramer hide we watched one over the New Meadow as it circled before settling in a tree along the Cut. Immediately after John saw another in the Long Hedge, just past the gap from the Woodland Walk, and while he was trying to put me onto it I saw another dive into the Fingers area.

At Kramer hide we had an Oyster Catcher over heading towards Fenlake and earlier we had a couple of Lapwing over in the opposite direction.

On the main lake there were 127 Pochard and 3 Tufted ducks and on Fenlake there were at least 6 Shoveler and 26 Teal.
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