|Marsh Tit Parus palustris|
Monday 24 November
I understand it might have been a little on the windy side back in the Axarquia area of Malaga province. Her, back in the Midlands of the UK, it was definitely a case of get on your thermals and as many other layers as possible. Old age shake is one thing bu then add on the minus four degrees and you start to winder why you even bother to get out of bed. Just think, a fortnight ago I was swimming in our outside, unheated swimming pool!
|Record shot of distant Redwing Turdus iliacus|
|What a lovely "Christmas" Robin Erithacus rubecula|
Then it was off to Lagoon 3 calling in at the hides overlooking the narrow Lagoon 2. No sooner away from the road and I had Blackbirds and a Pied Wagtail but, joy of joys, a pair of Bullfinches feeding in the top of the bush alongside the path. The single Song Thrush was also a very pleasant sighting. On the water I found Mallards and Shovelers plus a good number of Cormorants with regular Moorhen sightings. Lovely to see that the Wigeons were about which saved me having to detour via the North Arm on the way home. The only Gulls present were Black-headed and, of course there were Mute Swans to be seen at every stop. With limited birds seen from these hides, the Grebe Hide turned out to be the most productive as I was in time to see a Water Rail take to air, well at least a foot off the water, as it skittled round a corner and up the neighbouring channel.
|The ever-present and graceful Mute Swan Cygnus olor|
|Plenty of Wigeon Anas penelope to be seen|
|Winter-plumage Great Crested Grebe Podiceps cristatus (above) and Egyptian Goose Alopochen aegyptiacus (below)|
Walking to the neighbouring hides duly produced more Wigeon and a number of Great Crested Grebes plus very many Tufted Ducks and a single female Reed Bunting.
|One of very many male Tufted Ducks Aythya fuligula|
|The very obliging Dunnock Prunella modularis|
A very short walk to Lagoon 1 picked up a small flock of Canada Geese from the Mallard Hide then I decided to make it back home as there was still shopping to be completed. Driving away from the car park I was able to add both Collared Dove and Magpie with a Kestrel hovering alongside the road near Lagoon 4.Still not done as a Red Kite crossed the road in front of me as I drove back towards Stamford alongside the Northern Arm.
|Lapwing Vanellus vanellus, the only wader on show during the morning|
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Goldeneye, Pheasant, Great Crested Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Heron, Red Kite, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Water Rail, Lapwing, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Dunnock, Robin, Pied Wagtail, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Marsh Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Reed Bunting.
|Always guaranteed a Pheasant Phasianus colchicus at the feeding station|
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