Thursday 31 December 2009

Essex – Abberton – 28th December 2009

On this day the reservoir was so calm and the sun very watery indeed, making it easy to spot any bird activity in areas where the ice had melted.

From the Layer causeway there was a large collection of ducks; Pintail, Tufted, Pochard and Widgeon. Whereas from the Breton crossing there were Smew, Merganser, Whooper Swan, Mute Swan and a distant Peregrine Falcon sitting on an electricity pylon

Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 245 Month bird count: 72

Wednesday 30 December 2009

Essex – Mistley Walls – 28th December 2009

A bright sunny but cold day with the tide well out, leaving many waders and wildfowl in easy view on the mud bank shores of the river Stour. 

Right out were Avocet, Black-tailed Godwit, Redshank, Curlew and Shellduck.  Further in were Oystercatchers, Knot, Dunlin and Pintails, with Canada Goose, Mute Swan and errant Black Swans feeding nearly on the Walls them selves.

Life bird count: 389    Year bird count: 244   Month bird count: 66

Saturday 26 December 2009

Suffolk – Bawdsey – 26th December 2009

We took a run out to the coast this morning and the first stop is the estuary at Bawdsey Manor where, on the shoreline there were Redshank and Dunlin along with Shellduck.

We then took the short drive up “the lane” to the pits where there were Pochard, Widgeon, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Shoveler, Gadwall and Teal. All enduring a cold wind off the North Sea.

Finally on our way home we catch a Merlin skimming along the hedge row.

Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 244 Month bird count: 52

Monday 21 December 2009

Suffolk – Snowy Gardens – 20th December 2009

Not to make too finer point of it but it hasn’t been the weather to be doing much travelling in East Anglia this weekend, so viewing has to be restricted to one’s local patch or in my case the back garden. In a couple of hours watching we had the following species; Blackbird, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Wren, Robin, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Starling, Collard Dove, Wood Pigeon, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw, Magpie, Black-headed Gull and Lapwing over. What a pleasant way to while away a Sunday morning!

Life bird count: 389 Year bird count: 244 Month bird count: 39