Friday, 8 February 2008
A walk around the pool this afternoon with clear skies and a light south west breeze was quite nice, my target was to try and find some elusive Siskins i new were feeding somewhere amongst the alders along the northern bank. I found a small flock of 12 birds (7 males and 5 females) feeding quite low down, nicely in range for some photos. Two Great Spotted Woodpeckers were along the stream, along with a Willow Tit, Kingfisher and 4 Treecreepers. A sparrowhawk flushed the Willow Tit but the Siskins never moved, on the pool were 68 Mallard, 29 Tufted Duck, 62 Coot, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 16 Little Grebe, 24 Canada Goose, 2 Greylag Goose, 35 Pochard and Wigeon now down to just 6 birds . Both Heron and Cormorant were fishing on the small pool, and a Green Woodpecker searching for ants along the bank. Several Coal Tits were heard but only 2 seen, and 8 Pied Wagtails on the eastern shore. I would have stayed longer but a phone call from (S Haynes) telling me there was a Great White Egret next to where i live , i didnt hang around.