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27th February 2017 – Eastville Park

I set off in the rain for a walk around Eastville Park as I just had to get out of the house. Fortunately the heavy showers relented and, when I reached the lake, the sun came out for a while.

I stood for some time at the lake as I had a glimpse of an otter beneath the water. No chance of a photo above water though, but I was rewarded when a Kingfisher flew over the lake and perched on the island in the middle. I also enjoyed watching the Grey Heron fishing with some success for him and me.

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I saw lots of Great Tit and two Long-tailed Tit on the way back but too dark for photos.

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24th February 2017 – Stoke Park and Eastville Park

It was good to get out this afternoon for a walk around Stoke Park, Eastville Park and Stapleton. Nothing very memorable except the Mallard in Stoke Park were very colourful as were the Woodpigeon and Stock Dove in Eastville Park.

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Blackbirds were busy and Robins (I counted 8) were very noisy. There was a Grey Wagtail on the weir on the River Frome and lots of Black-headed Gull on Eastville Park lake (some have very black heads now). There was a solitary Mute Swan on the lake (hope it finds a partner) and a single Heron.

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There was a Starling on our roof and a flock of 32 Goldfinch in the tree over the road.

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20th February 2017 – Chew Valley Lake

With low cloud and drizzle at Chew Valley Lake this morning it was much more enjoyable in Stratford hide with 5 Common Snipe and 2 Jack Snipe (amazingly camouflaged) as well as Scaup and Tufted Duck out on the lake.

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At Herriot’s the best was a Great Crested Grebe, 2 Pochard and a strange hybrid duck that clearly thought it was a Mallard from the company it kept.

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Swans were showing off and chasing each other.

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In fact lots of birds were getting stroppy.

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The light was poor but I enjoyed the challenge of trying to photograph birds (mainly gulls)  in flight.

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12th February 2017 – Chew Valley Lake

A bitterly cold day – not the kind of day for hanging around. The most interesting birds were Scaup near the dam at Chew. I missed a real chance here as I saw later on the Avon Bird Blog that there was a Common Scoter amongst them – but not in my photo. I should have spent more time talking to the other birders at the lake. Black Redstart ? in the tree near the dam ( 2nd photo from the end) and Swans getting ready for St Valentine’s Day.