Sunday 25 December
A merry Christmas and happy New Year to all reading this blog. Christmas morning in the UK; dull and overcast with very poor light for my early morning visit to Titchfield canal. Rain forecast for 10 but came 15 minutes early, but I was already back in the car completing my eBird observations! Lots on the water including very many Pintail, Gadwall, Wigeon and Teal along with Coots and Canada Geese. A Buzzard was feeding on the grass next to the water, presumably looking for worms, and remained in the area during the whole of my stay.
|Distant record shot of the feeding Buzzard Buteo buteo
Meanwhile, I was also early enough to catch a distant and somewhat obscured view of the local Barn Owl at its nest/roost site, just about visible before turning in for the night (or day in its case!).
|Distant Barn Owl Tyto alba just about visible at its roost site
Having already noted many Jackdaws along with both Magpie and Carrion Crow I continued on down to the path towards the wooded area. Lots of Woodpigeons about but a long time before finding any small birds. First a couple of Blackbirds then both Blue and Great Tits. Making my way back to exit the wooded path, a Great Spotted Woodpecker came to make a very brief feeding stop before flying off.
Back at the car and the scope safely stored in the boot I decided to tale the short walk around the spinney at the back of the car park. And very worthwhile it was too! First a posing Robin atop a small tree in front of me and then, looking through the hedge to the paddock on the other side of the wide stream, a trio of Glossy Ibis. No doubt the missing member of the quartet was concealed behind the neighbouring ditch. Then, noting the activity above me in the bare bushes, a good-sized flock of Long-tailed Tits and a single wintering Chiffchaff. As if not content with the morning's sightings, as I returned to the car park a Nuthatch descended on to the tree in front of me and the canal on the other side of the road held a single Mallard as I made my exit. And still dry; what timing!
Canada Goose, Mute Swan, Gadwall, Wigeon, Mallard, Shoveler, Teal, Pintail, Cormorant, Buzzard, Coot, Glossy Ibis, Black-headed Gull, herring Gull, Woodpigeon, Barn Owl, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Robin, Blackbird, Chiffchaff, Long-tailed Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Nuthatch, Magpie, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow.