Showing posts from January, 2014

New Year Birding

Wednesday 1st to Sunday 5th January 2014
The bad weather on New Year's Day meant that the traditional family walk was off, so I spent the morning at WWT instead. The highlights were an adult drake GREEN-WINGED TEAL on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide and a LITTLE STINT on the Dumbles from Holden Tower near the scrape. Several other year-ticks didn't include The White-fronted Goose - these were out of sight on the 50-acre. I even tried from the Sloane Tower but couldn't see through the rain lashing on the windows. On 3rd, a good count of 10 Goldfinches were on the garden feeders. On Saturday 4th I headed for the forest with Andy, where highlights included 20+ Hawfinches and a Dipper at Parkend, and three Goosanders at Woorgreens. Nine Crossbill sp. were also seen in flight at Woorgreens but were too distant to determine the species; the calls and size more suggestive of  Two-barred though. I returned to WWT Slimbridge again today with Andy and Mark; this time several White…