A short walk around the lake and down to Bradwell Abbey was a nice break from the recent slogs through snow. There is now no snow or ice, which is great news in terms of walking. And it proved to be a nice day for the good birds as well.
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.
All in all a nice walk.
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