Saturday, 8 November 2008

Scaup 'scoped.

Unfortunately my only window of birding opportunity for the whole weekend coincided with a horribly persistent wet and windy spell which started soon after me leaving the house and stopped withing seconds of my arrival home. Thanks for that.
Anyhoo, through the mizzle and falling leaves I bagged the following:
Freeman's Pools - 1st w f scaup, 10 wigeon, 1 tufted duck, 9 coot, 2 little grebe, 4 mute swan, 3 moorhen, 7 mallard.
Stubble fields: 2 tree sparrow, 3 reed bunting, 11 chaffinch feeding together.
Wildfowlers' Pools: green sandpiper, 120+ redshank, 10+ black-tailed godwit, 3 teal, 1 female goosander, 2 mute swan.
Marsh: Quick scan through the soggy haze - 2 little egret, 40+ Canada geese.
Cycle track: 1 water rail, good numbers LT tit, approx 60 fieldfare, pair bullfinch.

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