Arriving at the lake I was greeted by a fly over SKYLARK only my second on the patch, so already if nothing else I knew I would have something to write about (and annoy my friend), but it turned out to be one of 6 I saw or heard on the walk today, obviously some kind of passage going on.
A brief view of a KINGFISHER on the river and 2 circling SPARROWHAWKS were also lovely to see while walking to the Abbey, followed by SISKINS flying over and a lovely JAY while at the abbey, to start to make the day well worth my time.
But it was arriving back at the lake where I was most pleased, not only did I connect with a couple of scrubby REED BUNTINGS (a species I have not seen many of here) but also at least 2 calling WATER RAIL (I know two as they had a small squabble near where I stood, all hidden in amongst the reeds though).
But then the bird (or birds) of the day I stumbled into a small flock of 6 REDPOLL in amongst a larger flock of GOLDFINCH. Again I have had one Redpoll before here in flight only, these little beauties gave me some prolonged views if tantalisingly out of reach of my lens.
|One of the redpoll (sorry not a great image)|
All in all a nice walk.