Day 4 trip to Minsmere to make up for yesterday!

Spectacular day starting with a guided walk round Minsmere.
In rough order: Mute Swan, Cormorant, Teal, Widgeon, Shelduck, Mallard, Shoveler, Heatlag Geese, Gadwall, Little Egret, Marsh Harrier, Lapwing, Dublin, Tufted Duck, Little Grebe, Red Throated Diver, Stonechat, Magpie, Pintail, Herring Gull, Great Black-backed Gull, Golden, Plover, Turnstone, Dunlin, Starling, Common Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Snipe, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Pheasant, Green Finch, Long-tailed Tits, Wood Pigeon, Moorhen, Coutt, and last but nor least Kestrel.

Day one 2007

In Woodbridge a great place to start my 2007 list. A walk by the river Deben turned up 16. Redshank, Curlew, Black Headed Gulll, Rook, Little Egret, Lapwing, Shelduck, Oyster Catcher, Canada Goose, Mallard, Turnstone, Crow, Wood Pigeon, Starling, Pied Wagtail, and last but not least Blackbird!

A walk in the rain around Langton Matravers

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.

Studland bay walk

Headed off from the National Trust car park soon came across a Tree Pipit, at the end of the spit two Sandwich Terns were amoungst a flock of Black Headed Gulls. Walking back along the beach saw several naturists.

A walk In the Purbecs along the costal path

Started out well with a flock Of Yellow Hammers. Winchat, Sky Lark, and a flock of about 200 Gold Finches were attacked by a Sparrow Hawk. Towards the end of the walk in a farm yard sparrows and chaffinches. Finally at the pub saw some more Crows whilst supping my well earned pint.

Ogmore south Wales seaside walk

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.

Kestrels behaving strangely

Walked down to the gate at the end of college road. Not alot happening, but then I spotted a couple of Kestrels coasting along the hedge line on the updraft where the wind hit the hedge. They then proceeded to chase stuff down on the ground. They may have been chasing crane flies, I think I have read/seen something which describes that behaviour.

Farmoor reservoir

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.