- The weather was atrocious
- Dad's van has conked out - the van isn't moving anywhere.
However, Dad has just come back with a hire van to get us out and about for the rest of the school holidays - yipeeeeeeeeeee very pleased.
New Years Day bought 16 species to our garden, so it was a steady start to 2014. But yesterday, Mum, Dad and I went to Alton Water, to see if we could crank up the year list further. We got 55 species, the highlights being Goosander, Goldeneye and a Barnacle Goose? Probably an escape.....
I reckon there was about 60 Great-crested Grebes on the reservoir.
Plenty of Greylag Geese at The Wonder - this was were the Barnacle Goose was.
A Heron flew over Larchwood
Several Little Grebe were present.
The darker duck on the left I think is a female Pochard, but the the Mallard on the right shows the darkness in contrast between the duck on the left. Possibly a hybrid, or a Pochard????? Poor picture I know.
These were definite Pochards around The Wonder, lingering with the Coots.
A Shelduck was a nice surprise at the Sailing Club.
Several Tufted Duck were present around the reservoir
And Mum hit the Jackpot with a sunlight on water picture. What a range of colours.
Finally, plenty of Wigeon were present to, especially at Larchwood.
Here's how 2014 has gone so far.....
- Collard Dove
- Black-headed Gull
- Blue Tit
- Great Tit
- Common Gull
- Herring Gull
- Carrion Crow
- House Sparrow
- Song Thrush
- Pied Wagtail
- Red-legged Partridge
- Great-crested Grebe
- Great Black-backed Gull
- Lesser Black-backed Gull
- Tufted Duck
- Greylag Goose
- Barnacle Goose
- Little Grebe
- Rock Dove (feral pigeon)
- Long-tailed Tits
- Coal Tit
- Lesser Redpoll
- Mute Swan
Not a bad day. Hoping to go out on Sunday, now that we have a new van (it's a heap of junk really). At least we have some wheels to move about in.
Happy Birding and Happy New Year!