25th Nov

08:45-13:45

A cold start on 1st field with a ‘baltic’ WSW produced 30 White fronts on Mere with a single Pink foot in with em. Single Scaup off there also and the Black necked just off 2nd field. I dint hang around there for long and decided to get warmed up by walking down to Heslop’s for the Ouzel/Dick’s Pipit double act. The Ouzel was picked up straight away in the hedgerow but was from then on more elusive. I gave the two favoured areas of the Dick’s Pipit a good go but to no avail, just a couple of Yellowhammer, Reed Bunt and small numbers of Skylark. A scan from Martindown produced 1 RB Merganser off the cormorant trees and a Dunlin over Mere, 1 Goosander flew out west. 3 Common Buzzard over Wassand woods. Steve Webb sent us a txt with news of a Redhead Smew seen from the hide, the walk back to 2nd field late morning and i picked up the Smew at the north side of the Mere, but it was distant so i’ll go back over weekend for better views. The Slav and Black necked where then picked up together off 1st field reedbed around 12ish. Early afternoon was spent down in Wassand looking for a reported Red Kite from earlier in the week, but to no avail.

Black n Grebe - Adrian Johnson

 

Slavonian Grebe - Adrian Johnson

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