Thursday, 18 January 2018

Wednesday 17 January

This morning I went to Middleton Lakes RSPB in search of the Firecrest which has eluded me at two sites this year. I realised when I arrived it would be tough as it was cold, bright and windy. Hall Lake had eight Shelduck, Teal and a calling Water Rail.

The feeding station had double figures of Brown Rat and there were Grey Squirrel everywhere, it would be nice if they were Red Squirrel but I only ever see them now in Scotland, but even there the Greys are spreading rapidly.

It was the usual species on offer and the only unusual bird  was Common Gull. I searched in vain for the Firecrest, and didn't‘t even manage to find the Long-tailed Tit flock.

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