Little Gull, Black tailed Godwit, Turnstone, Dunllin, Brent Geese, Meadow Pipit, Sanderling, Grey Plover, Bar tailed Godwit, Knot, Common Gulls, 2 Cuckoos, Kittiwake, Whimbrel, Ruddy Duck.
In all 64 birds.
Lots of birds on bird table. Pheasant, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Great Tits, Blue Tits, Sparrows. In the distance Jackdaws, Rooks, Redwing/Fieldfare, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove. Dunnock in Helen’s new flower bed, Blackbird and Robin in the garden.
Nick conjured up a great cooked breakfast in a roll.
Eventually found Fowlmere, had to get TomTom out. Canada Geese, Little Grebe, Moorhen, Coot, 2 circling Buzzards. On to the next hide, Gadwall, Greylag Geese.
Went on to Welney but the road was closed, but then we realised that we had gone the wrong way, it was closing.
Weather sunny with high and thin clouds (sirrus?). On the M25 saw a Kestrel perched in a tree by the hard shoulder. Got to the fair just in time for one of the walks. Started with the farm walk : Dunnock, Falcon on pylon, Atonechat, Skylark, Reed Bunting, Pied Wagtail, Chaffinch, Sparrow, Collared Dove, Blackbird, Long tailed Tit, Rook, Crow. Then a look round the exhibition. The queue for Cornish pasties was long, still it gave me a chance to look for a few more ticks : Robin, and Chaffinch.
13:00 off on the wetland walk. Some people were ringing birds something I have never seen before, looks a but cruel! Now for the birds Tufted Dick, Canada Geese, Little Grebe, Mute Swan, Coutt, Gray Crested Grebe, Moorhen, Water Vole, Cormorant, Gadwall, Mallard, Greylag Geese, Shoveler, Starling, Grey Heron, Blue Tit, Great Tit.
Pair of Goldeneye, Scaup, Shoveler, Lapwing, Mute Swans , Pied Wagtails, Courmorant, Teal, Greenshank, Canada Geese, Greylag Geese, Wigeon, Pochard, Great Crested Grebe, Blackheaded Gull, Grey Heron, Kingfisher, Dabchicks, Moorhen, Tufted Dick, and Mallard. That is quite a few birds for 1 hour!
Crows, Rooks, Raven, so lots of black coloured birds, but then a Buzzard being mobbed by Rooks.
Just outside Worth Matravers a Robin, then a Pied Wagtail followed by a coffee in the pub where there was a crowing Cockrel, 2 Goldfinches, and a flock of sparrows in a garden bush.
Arrived a wilstone hide to be told that a sparrow hawk had just scared the birds away and that a few minutes earlier an osprey had flown over.
Still managed to see a Common Sandpipper, lots of gulls about may be they have been blown in by the hurricane? A couple of Hobbies flew over then it was time to go.
Been out for a walk whilst on a visit to the sister in law. Not having been to that type of habitat this year saw some new birds.
Lots of stonechat, a couple of rock pipits, 2 common buzzards, wheatear, 2 oyster catchers, Herring gull, and lots of other gulls.
I have never been to Farmoor. Used TomTom to get Helen and I there, asked at the gate about a hide key but £13 seemed a bit steep, (10 membership and 3 for the key). The Warden suggested that there was plenty to see anyhow. Walked along the causeway saw some small birds (warblers and tits around the nature reserve on the far side). Walking back round the non-sailing side came across sandpipers. Various wagtails, long tailed tits, garganey, and 7 common sandpipers.