Wednesday, 2 December 2015

Some needed sunshine




After all the rain and wind of what seems like forever, some blue skies and sunshine today; so Whisky and myself took ourselves out for a long walk. Two hours forty five minutes worth.


Going past the Hilton Hotel, and up towards the fields on the right hand, I was hoping to spot some Redwing and Fieldfare in the usual bushes. It seems whenever I decide to take my binoculars on a walk, there is nothing to see. Today was no exception; a couple of Blackbirds, a squirrel, and that was it.


We crossed the road, and began walking towards the river Ouzel.
Always a good walk this way, because Whisky can spend most of it off the lead. He's quite content to keep close, and not wander off. And when I stop to take a picture, or stare through the bins, he'll quietly wait till it's time to carry on walking.

Past the Open University, and there on the right was a large raptor in the trees.
As I raised the bins for a better look, it flew off over Standing Way and settled in the trees in the distance. A Buzzard? Well, the wings looked slimmer than usual for a Buzzard, and certainly not a Red Kite ............. so it remains a mystery.
I did see a Buzzard later, so maybe it was or maybe something else.


I decided to take in Walton Lake, since we were so close, and maybe hopefully see mystery bird again.





Nothing very much around at all.
A Mute Swan, a Moorhen, and a distant female Shoveler.







We headed back towards the river, and on towards Simpson.



A few more birds to add to the list for the day, and like previous visits, I noticed there were good numbers of Blackbirds and Magpies.


Crossing the road, I decided we'd stroll to the north part of Caldecotte Lake.
Plenty of Black-headed Gulls in the air, and on the water Coots, Wigeon and a solitary Gadwall.


After a quick look, we turned back towards the road, and then headed for home.


A long walk that Whisky enjoyed.




Full list of the birds seen


Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Eurasian Sparrowhawk [sp] (Accipiter nisus)
Common Buzzard [sp] (Buteo buteo)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia 'feral')
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Rook [sp] (Corvus frugilegus)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)


Total species  28



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