Birds Total: 46
Plus: Common Darter Dragonfly.
It was a very quiet day today. A bit of 'after the Lord Mayor's show' kind of day, especially after last week's visit.
Although the temperature had dropped around 10 degrees from last week, it was still quite sunny and especially warm when walking around.
The journey down provided 3 Grey Herons, including Harry in his usual spot. The area around him was again quite flooded. I wondered what would happen if we get the rains of last year. The walk up to the Reserve gave me a Green Woodpecker flypast, with lots of Dunnocks chattering away. Strangely, there were no geese or ducks to greet me this time.
|Great Hardmead Lake from the White Hide|
The James Hide was quiet today, although it did give me a few more views of a Kingfisher, landing on at least one occasion. There were 3 Buzzards in the sky, some being mobbed by Crows. 3 more Reed Buntings arrived and flew around the reedbeds, chasing each other. A Water Rail squealed out its' presence. Then Ron arrived and sat down next to me. With nothing much about we decided to head around to the White Hide.
Unfortunately, there wasn't much to see from there either. So, in desperation for something to photograph, I began taking shots of the many Geese out over the lake. I decided to leave Ron to it and walked back to the James Hide.
Here I heard another Water Rail, then spotted it moving through the reeds. Cetti's Warblers could be heard then the Kingfisher made yet another appearance.
But it was starting get dark now and colder, so I decided to head back to the Watchpoint for another quick look before heading home.
A quiet day, but enjoyable in the sunshine nonetheless. Winter is the forecast to arrive soon.