The forecasters told of a pulse of rain passing through our region overnight, hence the rain-guards on the traps, but according to the gauge none fell. Mild, overcast and more or less wing-free there were c8 December Moths between the three traps this morning but no Thrushes on the 'apple festooned' Ash tree.With bad weather predicted and looming it was thought best to nip down to
had arrived there yet.
Hampshire Avon Valley could be good.
No returning birds were found so Blashford was next
(centre) and a COOT either side.
This dapper gent was also some way off from the hide
along with all the other usual Wildfowl such as
plus Goldeneye, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Mallard, Greylag Goose,
Pintail and reports of Red-crested Pochard not seen.
Crossing the road to the south side of the reserve my arrival
coincided with that of 15 young mums, a young dad and their
A brief chat before spotting these 2 tiny FUNGI and then this
Entering the Woodland Hide there was time to note that the
had seen a successful breeding season as today there were c6 there
just before the afore-mentioned mum's arrived. To be fair there was a good deal of apology for the noise being made but as I pointed out "at least your children are away from the Idiot's Lantern (TV), X-Box etc and seeing something of nature". Get 'em while they're young! The hubbub was short lived, and getting back to the wildlife that is when the rain started in earnest seemingly driving more birds in to feed.
and as can be seen from the droplets the rain was now heavy.
and more FUNGI
BRACKET of sorts and maybe
Not what you would call 'MEGA' birding, but just to sit alone in a 'QUIET' hide (a novelty alone) with the rain pouring down and all that avian action almost within touching distance! 'ORDINAIRE' ALRIGHT??
807 They've done it again!