Good birds

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 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.

One of the redpoll (sorry not a great image)

All in all a nice walk.

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