Sunday, 11 March 2012


Saturday 10th was a pretty quiet day on the patch although a fly through Green Woodpecker was a good year tick for the site, another species that is barely annual in the recording area!

This is a Grey Heron. Not a Green Pecker.
Otherwise 10 Siskin flew north and the 3 Scaup still on the wetlands and showing well.

Away from the birding i took a train to Sheffield on Sat night and met @monkey_nut from off of that there Twitter. He recently commissioned a couple of painting from me and we decided a few scoops were in order so between 6 and 10 o'clock we got so drunk on real ale, guinness and single malts that he fell over INSIDE a taxi and my legs stopped working - Awesome fun all round!!

Sunday 11th was a little more interesting on the patch despite my hangover... drake Smew, 3 Scaup, 1 Sand Martin over the rapids and a Chiffchaff singing on the soap stack. 6 Greylags were making a nuisance of themselves and 3 Oystercatcher included a displaying pair.

Best bird however was a Peregrine that flew west through the wetlands at 8.30 as me and MF were sat scanning for raptors! only saw 2 Sparrowhawk but MH later had 6 Buzzards up together to the sw.

View from the Soap Stack watchpoint .

Also DP showed me this L T Tit nest that he found yesterday, bit hard to photograph through the trees but you get the idea!


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