A couple of hours at Chew Valley Lake this morning before the rain came in and we had to shelter in the pub and have fish and chips – why wouldn’t you as it’s Friday after all.
Started well with a male Kingfisher at Herriot’s. Also Mute Swans, a Little Egret, a Grey Heron, Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Black-headed Gulls and Heron Gulls. Then on to Herons’ Green with a Great White Egret, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe and a Goosander of interest.
The lake was frozen at Eastville Park and all the ducks had moved to the River Frome. There was still room for a Dipper and I managed to follow it for a while down the river. Plenty of Long-tailed Tits and Great Tits and a single Coal Tit.
Not the one in the USA just Pennsylvania near Marshfield – in fact the field opposite the Tollgate Café on the A46: thousands of Golden Plover chased off by a micro-lite and the threat of 3 Buzzard.
Such a short walk around Eastville Park was not enough really to repair the excesses of the festive period. Nonetheless it was good to get the camera clicking again. Goldfinches, Grey Wagtail, Cormorants, Long-tailed Tit, Grey Heron, Great Tit and a Robin.
First trip out for two weeks (definite case of man ‘flu) and only a quick trip across the road to Stoke Park.
Worth the effort though with a pair of Stonechat, some Goldfinches, a Buzzard and two Raven (very poor photos) and a very lonely Wigeon in the middle of the field.