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31st December 2018 – Eastville Park

I was pleased to see all my favourites in my local park on the last day of 2018 even if the light was very poor: kingfisher, dipper, grey wagtail, grey heron and tawny owl. I was disappointed though that the goosanders seem to have moved off the lake: perhaps the cormorants are proving more serious opposition.

I had walked across to Stoke Park first of all but could only see 4 meadow pipits and so was my rewards were much greater in Eastville Park.

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Click below for gallery of photos from this morning’s walk:

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25th December 2018 – Eastville Park

Merry Christmas everyone; and it wouldn’t be Christmas without a robin.

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It was great to go for a walk in our local park on a mild but somewhat misty morning and see so many people out and about enjoying the facility. There was plenty of wildlife for them to enjoy too.

The headline news still seems to be the goosanders with a record 13 there today.

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However, there were also plenty of other birds feeding off the fish stock which must be getting low with cormorants, grey herons and kingfishers all seeming to find plenty to satisfy their appetites.

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The kingfisher is always the highlight for me but today the best views were of two grey wagtails on the stream that feeds down in to the River Frome.

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And now for my Christmas lunch …

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24th December 2018 – Marshfield

Just out in the countryside (near Marshfield in South Gloucestershire) keeping well clear of the shops on Christmas Eve when we saw a deer also keeping well clear of lots of horseman and women who were well into their snifters by then.

We were hoping to see some golden plover but just managed a single photo of a pied wagtail. The lure of a coffee was too great.

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Click below for a gallery of the few photos from this morning.

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19th December 2018 – Eastville Park

I don’t seem to go very far afield at the moment but it was great to get out this morning having been housebound all day yesterday with continuous rain; and what a lovely morning it was.

My special helper spotted a dipper straightaway on the stream that runs down in to the River Frome. The photos are a bit grainy as it was very dark there.

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We took a while to spot a kingfisher but there was a great spectacle as it dived right in front of us a caught such a large fish that it had to find a suitable spot in the trees to be able to club it to death before devouring it. We saw the kingfisher again later on but no great opportunity for photos.

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Even the goosanders took a while to spot (2 males and 2 females).

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There was a group of 4 grey herons, a flock of 8 long-tailed tits, a grey wagtail and 8 cormorants  and a robin around the lake as well as lots of black-headed gulls and one lesser black-backed gull.

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A very satisfying morning.

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16th December 2018 – Eastville Park

There’s always a concern about the wildlife when a major event takes place in the park but when Santa Claus visited the park today it seemed very much like business as usual. The goosanders (2 male and 2 females today) were in their usual place as were the kingfishers and grey herons, all unperturbed by the festive activities.

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Click below for gallery of photos from this morning:

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11th December 2018 – Eastville Park

It was a dull but still morning but I couldn’t resist the opportunity to see the goosanders again in my local park. Today the numbers had risen to five (in fact 7 were reported earlier in the day),

There were also 4 grey herons, 13 cormorants, lots of black-headed gulls, a lesser black-backed gull, a couple of first winter juveniles, a mute swan, a couple of moorhens, a few blackbirds and robins, loads of mallards and the tawny owl but not a single view of a kingfisher (the first blank for a long time).

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You can see why they are known as sawbills

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7th December 2018 – Stoke Park

It seems to have been raining all week but that’s probably just my perception. I managed a brief trip to Duchess Pond in Stoke Park this afternoon. i’m  glad I wore my wellies as it was certainly very wet underfoot.

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Other than 9 mallards and a couple of moorhens there were only 2 birds of note to photograph – a kestrel and a blackbird. A cormorant and a grey heron flew over but I was too busy trying to take landscapes to capture them with my camera.

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