Friday, 24 February 2017


Finally caught up with the Marsh Tit in Cogan Wood this morning. There were 8 Gadwall on W lake. The three Wigeon from yesterday seem to have departed. The head-on photo of the MArsh Tit shows the whitish spots at the base of the lower mandible, diagnostic of this species in comparison with Willow Tit. V difficult to see in the field tho'!

Thursday, 23 February 2017


Nearly got blown off the boardwalk this morning! There were 3 Wigeon on W lake [2m 1f], 2 Gadwall on W lake and 7 Gadwall sheltering on E lake, plus the usual Pochard & Tufties. Couldn't find any interesting gulls.

Also from 2 days ago:
Pretty minging walking round this morning in horizontal drizzle. However a group of 8 Bullfinch all feeding together was a nice highlight. Don't think I've ever seen that many together before. They were feeding on buds in bushes near the entrance gate to the conservation area. Also around the W paddock hedges were c.30 Redwing.

Sunday, 12 February 2017


Managed to drag myself round the lakes despite a heavy cold & cough. W lake had an AdW Med Gull, seen from the grass 'beach', but having gone round and back down the centre, I couldn't relocate it, either there, or on E lake. There were at east 9 Gadwall on W lake.