Yesterday was a day of recovery following the long drive from Lincolnshire to Wuustwezel in Belgium including the Chanel crossing from Dover to Calais. Mind you, this did nit stop Marieke introducing me to the joys of an electric bicycle so that we could cycle up to her local patch and then take a 5km walk through the woods and fields including the sight of one of this year's successful Goshawk nests.
|Typical reed site|
|Record shot of a very distant Buzzard Busardo ratonero Buteo buteo|
A walk to the hide and on through the meadow produced Great Crested Grebe, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard and Moorhen on the water. Reed Warblers were calling as were both Goldfinch and Coal Tit. Kestrels overhead and a small number of Greylag Geese along with a couple of Egyptian Geese to add a little insipid colour. Marieke saw and heard both the Blackbird and Robin before one, then two more, Jays slipped across the path in front of us. Whilst in the hide a quartet of Black-tailed Godwit flew across the water and over us. Before leaving the site we also managed to add Mute Swan, a rather delightful Song Thrush, single Chaffinch and the first of the many Grey Herons that we were to encounter during the rest of the day.
|White Stork Ciguena Blanca Ciconia ciconia|
|Adult Great Crested Grebe Somormujo Lavanco Podiceps cristatus with well-grown young|
The followed most beautiful drive down one of the well-known "green roads" as it it followed the meandering River Vlist; absolutely wonderful and well worth the experience with out sight of any birds. But we did in fact add Rook, Jackdaw and Starling and the most common sight throughout the day the large numbers of Carrion Crow and Magpie plus, on this occasion, very many Herons and Coots.
|Never seen so many Egyptian Geese Ganse de Nilo Alopochen aegyptiaca in one flock; musthave been over 50|
Greylag Goose, Mute Swan, Egyptian Goose, Gadwall, Mallard, Teal, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Little Egret, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, White Stork, Marsh Harrier, Buzzard, Goshawk, Kestrel, Moorhen, Coot, Lapwing, Black-tailed Godwit, Black-headed Gull, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Reed Warbler, Coal Tit, Jay, Magpie, Jackdaw, Rook, Carrion Crow, Starling, House Sparrow, Goldfinch.
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