Monday, 25 January 2010

Patch Dip - but at least it got me out there again!

At Sparham I was greeted by a calling Tawny Owl on arrival but, although it seemed close, it couldn't be seen. 3 Redpoll flew over and a treecreeper showed well again. A wander along the N side produced 4 feeding Bullfinch (2 pr) and a close pair of Goosander, but no sign of the hoped for Slavonian Grebe (it wasn't seen early y'day afternoon either) 11 Goosander were seen together, with another 3 and 2 flying overhead. Geese and Duck totals were up, but the only Grebes were at Swanton Morley. A sociable flock of c20 Siskin was surpassed when c250 fly over, chattering loudly as they went. Another calling owl draw my attention across the meadow. I originally thought it was a Little, but have since changed my mind and think it was a Tawny! However, whilst looking for the calling bird, a Little Owl did appear on the edge of the ivy covered trees! 25+ Pied Wagtail were at Bylaugh Sewage Treatment Works and a Grey Wagtail flew over Swanton Morley, where Green Woodpeckers showed well, yaffling at Sparham. A count of 62 Gadwall at Swanton Morley (21 at Sparham) was the only one of interest.

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