I Can See for Miles
I woke up to a pea-souper in Quedgeley this morning, and walking near the canal, a Fiedfare made a willing subject for a photograph. Heading for Cotswold Water Park (with Andy), once on top of the wolds it was totally clear. The view from Barrowwake was spectacular, Robinswood and Chosen Hills standing out like islands. At Driffield, three Red-legged Partridges were a county year-tick (Andy also saw two Grey Partridges), at Cotswold Water Park: Pit 42 four Smew, three males and a red-head, and four Ruddy Ducks, at pit 57 a Chiffchaff, at pit 41 (Freeth Meer) five Goosander, all male, three Goldeneye, and a drumming Great Spotted Woodpecker and in the marsh next to pit 41 a Jack Snipe and 11 Common Snipe, also a Green Woodpecker nearby (photos:Paul Masters).