Saturday, 7 January 2017

In search of Waxwings



This morning I decided that we'd go and have a look for some Waxwings.


Back in 2010, a few turned up on the berry laden trees on Tongwell Industrial Estate, so I thought given there has been a few reports of them locally recently, it might be worth going to have a look, just in case.
Lots of Redwings and Fieldfare feasting on the berries, but no Waxwings yet.


After slowly driving up and down the roads on the estate, looking like a kerb crawler, I decided to park up at Tongwell Lake, and walk round there. Last time I looked round there was the end of 2010.





It's not a very large lake, but has some great potential, plus Whisky had a good walk somewhere new.






It was very foggy, so visibility wasn't very good.





Apparently it's used for water ski-ing. Not today though.






We walked round the edge of the lake, and quite a few ducks and geese out on the water. Not much of it was frozen either.






There are a few large houses round the edge in places,



 not in my price range though


and a few joggers and dog walkers out and about too.




At one part there are some steps, that go down to a gully at the edge of the lake.





A few Mallard in there, some Gadwall, and along the edge, a pair of Grey Wagtails.






The best surprise though, was a Green Sandpiper. Sadly, no picture though.




We'll certainly return soon for another visit.





Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greylag Goose [sp] (Anser anser)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Common Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Green Sandpiper (Tringa ochropus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
British Bullfinch (Pyrrhula pyrrhula pileata)


Total species  24

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