|KESTREL (FALCO TINNUNCULUS), GREAT VIEW FROM PAUL BRITAIN HIDE,DESPITE THE GREY SKIES|
Anyway I awoke this morning with a "MUST D-I-Y" list from Sarah pinned to the bedroom door (and front door and fridge door, so she meant it!!) 1) Clean feeders and top them up, easy one that, with some live meal worms placed for the Goldcrest, only two there now 2)Move Tumble dryer, where to? Left that one (ha-hah) 3)Fit outside tap, where's Ben when I need him, done and dusted, with 2 out of 3 completed it was time to shake off the cobwebs and get out. It was incredibly bright first thing but by the time I got to the ol'pit it was a bit gloomy. The Wildlife Trust were busy having a late bonfire night so I avoided the top end of the reserve though I quickly popped into the Pioneer hide to see if the Bittern was on show, it wasn't and there wasn't much on the water either, so a slow walk round to the Paul Britain hide, a few Linnets,Reed Buntings etc but again a bit quiet. Bumped into another "togger" and his wife exchanged greetings and carried on. The word from the hide about the Bittern was it hadn't been seen today, not a surprise given a work party was on site, so given I could see some Golden Plovers on Gull Island I trotted off to the screen hide. on the way round stumbled upon a roving TIT flock, mostly Long Tail Tits, but mixed in were Blue and Great Tits and surprisingly a Wren, I would encounter the same roving flock (with a Wren in it) a couple of times during the course of the day.
|GREEN WOODPECKER (PICUS VIRIDIS),FROM MY STOMP THROUGH EASTON MAUDIT|
As the bird flew off the approaching birders came up to the hide and sat down, not seen them before and when one of them asked if that was a Kestrel I realised from their accents they weren't from the UK, New Zealand to be precise, well one was the other was from the UK. I thanked them for waiting whilst I got some images, and they said it wasn't a problem. I had a pleasant chat with them and I left feeling quite happy that someone realised what I was trying to do, and if they had carried on to the hide probably would've flushed the Kestrel away, of course they were within their right to have carried on, most do, but it was a small act of acknowledgement/kindness/fieldcraft (call it what you want) that to me meant a lot....just a shame the sky was pants.
|GOLDEN PLOVER (PLUVIALIS APRICARLIA), HOPEFULLY WITH BETTER LIGHT, BETTER IMAGES TO COME|