Monday, 17 December 2018

17th Dec - sunny am, cloudy pm, light SW, 7C

Willey; a Green Woodpecker flew over the fields to the east early.

Sanford reservoir; a look here mid-afternoon. A couple of Great White Egret were present near the hide.  The usual winter duck, Canada and Grey lag Geese. About 40 Fieldfares and a few Redwings were feeding on the berries, a Bullfinch pair, single Goldfinch and Chaffinch.  A Long-tailed Tit flock with Blue and Great Tits, plus 2 Treecreeper.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

16th Dec - suny am, clouding over- high, light SW, 8C

Shawell Lagoon; a look here during the morning produced 63 Teal, a Gadwall, 5 Shoveler, at least 8 Cormorants, Grey Heron, Two Red Kite and a Sparrowhawk flew over, a few Redwings and Fieldfare were feeding in the bushes, a Bullfinch was heard and 3 Goldfinch were around.

Brandon Marsh; after lunch a visit here hoping to se the Bittern that has been showing well from the East marsh hide.  There were the usual birds on the eat marsh including the 4 Whooper Swans, these actually flew off mid-afternoon - will they be back?
An adult Yellow legged Gull and Caspian Gull was out with the other Gulls.

While watching the Bittern's favoured reed area 2 Water Rails made frequent appearances.

The Bittern was indeed visible in the reed, but as always it was stationary and you could hardly see it.  After 30 mins or so it did actually moved and enter the cleared channel where fantastic views were had often with a Water Rail nearby - the photos tell the story.

Friday, 14 December 2018

14th Dec - hard frost last night. 4C, sunny light wind

Cotesbach Landfill; after getting back from Edinburgh I was able to get an afternoon visit here.

A small number of Teal, Mallard, and Shoveler were in the sandpit portion, a Red Kiter too. Not too many Gulls here, however there was many Gulls on the far side and round to the landfill area.  Eventually when one large group flew off the landfill a 2W Glaucous Gull was seen flying among them, it returned back to the landfill area. (Sorry Alan you missed it - next time).

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

11th Dec - Edinburgh, cloudy, light southerly, 7C

Balgreen Edinburgh; waxwing had been seen here yesterday, so two stops on the Tram first thing saw me looking for them. After walking round the whole area I found them only a short walk from the stop, I should have turned right instead of left!  About 55 were in a treetop, often dropping down to eatRowan berries near a path.

Musselburgh; here next to view the sea and Esk estruary area.  A single ‘redhead’ Goosander on the river, plenty of Goleneye and more on the sea.  A good number of Eider, 18 Long-tailed Duck, 3 Red-breasted Merganser, Common and Velvet Scoter, a single Scaup, 2 Shag.  Great-Crested Grebes, a Little Grebe and 2 Slavonian Grebe. A Red-throated Diver and a unidentifiable Diver.

Waders included Oystercatchers, Redshank, Turnstone, Knot, Curlew, Grey Plover, Black- and Bar-tailed Godwits.

A couple of Rock Pipit were along the boulders.