Saturday, 10 November 2012

Two dips and two year ticks.

Today me, Chris, Brendan and Paul went down to Pagham Harbour to try and find the female Hooded Merganser which had been staying there for a while. Unfortunately when we arrived no one had it and after a few hours of scanning still no one had it. While we were scanning news came in on a Black Brant on the reserve. Sure enough after a bit of scanning I was shown the BLACK BRANT (life tick). On the reserve we also saw a large number of wildfowl such as Wigeon, Pintail and Teal. We also saw the odd Grey Plover with Redshanks and a few flocks of Black-tailed Godwits flying over our heads. After a while we decided to head back home and on the way stop off at thursley common for the Great Grey Shrike. Half way down a motorway news came in of a Penduline Tit in Beds so we changed our route to the location and set off. When we arrived we bought our tickets and went in search of the right hide. We missed the turning for the hide but as we walked we passed a flock of 2 WAXWINGS (year tick) my first for the autumn/winter after that we scanned over the reed beds but we were unsuccessful and we decided to go home.

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