Following on from the Otter video on my last blog I had firstly dropped into Little Waters where there was quite a decent representation of wildlife with at least double figures of Blue Tits, a couple of Wrens, Chaffinches, a few Redwing and Fieldfare moving through and 3 Swans on the water itself. The usual flock of "Doves" were being put through their early morning calisthenics for the whole 15mins I was there. Will have to go and have a walk around properly next week instead of just standing on the bridge.
Big Waters was very productive with some great views of a Grey Wagtail, lots of Geese but sadly no sign of the White-fronted seen earlier on in the week. The Swan count was in the mid 40s but still plenty of feathered life on the pond moving around constantly with the Otters passing through, low flying Buzzards and Sparrowhawks having a saunter or perching just in view which keeps everything on its tippy toes, much to the mild annoyance of AJ as he tries to do the counts. The feeding station was also very busy with the Tree Sparrows much in the fore, at least 4 Reed Buntings, Woodpeckers etc but the star of the show and my first viewing of the winter of a Brambling completed the day.
With reference to the mysterious yellow bird that flew through Big Waters airspace last weekend, it came a tad closer early Sunday morning and I managed a quick shot which shows a partial view of its Darvic Ring on its rear leg. Hope this will do Keith to back up another flythrough tick of your "other patch"
Great chat this week as we went round especially with a guest appearance of the
Manic Meanderer who regaled us with descriptions of his new abode, beers he has drank, beers he is drinking and beers he will drink (all with bird names, purely for ornithological interests).
Finally I haven't done a general video of Big Waters for a while despite being continually hassled by AJ so I eventually succumbed to his pleading so here it is (including Brambling)
in glorious technicolor (apart from a very small section of Tree Sparrows in B&W which I think looks rather nice)