Wednesday, 6 January 2010

Snow day

Today was supposed to be our 'big day' of birding up and down the coast, but inclement weather caused a mass wimp-out. Rob couldn't unbook his day off so instead we spent much of the day at Sevenoaks Wildlife Reserve, which looked like this:

The feeding station was busy with Blue and Great tits, Chaffinches, Robins and the odd Dunnock and Blackbird.

We were besieged with Robins all the way round, desperate to appear on 2010 Christmas cards. There was even one inside the Tyler hide - we helped it find its way out. Many were incredibly confiding - one in particular bumbled around a few inches from our toes after I cleared away a bit of snow to expose some soil for it to search.

Coot + ice = entertainment.

Have not often seen (or maybe just not noticed) Little Grebes on the main lake. This one seems to be hurrying away from the looming shadow of Mr Mute Swan.

This Snipe looks very sorry for itself, in contrast to the Cormorant who seems eager to get a really good feel of that chilly Arctic air.

Two of a flock of four Egyptian Geese.

Grey Heron, being miserable.

There were several parties of Long-tailed Tits around. I can't help but worry about them in this weather, as they don't often seem to exploit feeding stations. They were being as uncooperative as usual from a photographic point of view, so I guess they must still be feeling chipper.

I found this! Much satisfaction. Very nice views too. I also earned good karma by sprinting back to the new hide at the other end of the reserve to pass on the news to a photographer there.


darrell j prest said...

very nice bittern! well done

Elsz said...

Awww! I really love these pictures - beautiful!

That Heron looks so cold!