Saturday, November 24, 2012

Saturday 24/11/2012

Well my post last week prompted a change of fortune and DK had a Slavonian Grebe turn up yesterday morning. The good news is that it was still there this morning!

Slavonian Grebe (Winter Plumage)
After the fog cleared a bit I managed to get some record shots when it came in reasonably close to the fishing swims at east end of the main lake.

Slav with Great Crested Grebe in background
Slavonian Grebe
As well as this little gem we had good views of Water Rail. A Lesser Redpoll was seen with a party of Siskins. Redwings were few and far between this morning, a singleton and a group of 7 were all we had to show, and we failed to see any Fieldfares at all.

A Kingfisher was quite active along the main path early on and the usual mix of wintering ducks were present.

Riverside fields were completely under water this morning and the new sluice was working well, even the old sluice was in action!

Anybody coming on the guided walk in the morning, I suggest you wear wellies or sturdy, waterproof boots. Meet at the visitor centre at 9am.  

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Recent news

It's been fairly quiet in the park these last couple of weeks. There is plenty of stuff to see but no exciting migrants dropping in. There are still Lesser Redpoll around and the odd Goldeneye along with plenty of Redwings and Fieldfares. Goldcrest is another regular on the sightings board and there has been a Chiffchaff hanging around the Crescent end of the Spit.

There is a guided walk on Sunday, meet at the visitor centre at 9am. There should be plenty to see and the forecast is OK at the moment!

Note also that the December guided walk on Sunday the 30th is also at 9am and NOT 8am as advertised around the park.