Wednesday, 28 December 2011
BEWICKS AT RECULVER.
Marc and myself had a pre-christmas stroll around Reculver it was an enjoyable but fairly fruitless session. Around the Oyster Farm we counted 13 Redshanks and the wintering SPOTTED REDSHANK. My notebook continued to stay in my pocket and I only added 4 Sanderling, 13 Reed Bunting and a single Marsh Harrier on our way to Cold Harbour. We added about 350 Brent Geese feeding in the fields behind the Oyster Farm but we failed to find the 3 Barnacle Geese who seemed to have attached themsleves to them. I then spent 45 minutes with the Mute Swans and their 2 BEWICK SWAN chums. Once again the light was shocking but I managed a few pictures.
As is customary with most other people a brief review of the year seems in order. A massive thanks to Marc who has made my birding so enjoyable. I promise to learn the difference between a Wood Pigeon and a Little Owl for next year. Reculver has been brilliant and frustrating in equal measures. I saw Red-Flanked Bluetail, Black Guillemot and Dusky Warbler but didn't see a Whinchat, Spotted Flycatcher or Great Northern Diver. I enjoyed Scilly this year, which hasn't always been the case and although there were few really good birds my bird of the year goes to the Upland Sandpiper that I managed to get within 15 feet of. Thanks for reading the blog, hope you enjoyed some of it and perhaps I will take a decent photograph next year.