First of all I am replying to some messages, its my blog, I set it up and I cannot reply to messages. Unbelievable. Tapper - the Crossbills are favouring a small group of pines in Budby south forest, follow the birders, there are loads of them there. Rob - happy Christmas mate.
It seems ages since I broke up from work but with either the weather being rough or me too drunk to birdwatch I was unable to get out until Xmas day and as I was celebrating my 40th birthday the evening before I felt a bit rough to begin with then but the weather was good and I was not going to miss out on a bit of gravel pit birding on Xmas morning.
I have also had my eyepiece returned. It was not easy and I did have to say a coupe of white lies but its back at last.
25-12-13, Alrewas GP.
4 Grey Heron
41 Tufted Duck
1 Chiffchaff on river
16 Tufted Duck
2 Little Owls
After a beer free Xmas day I had options. Wales for Hoopoe and Buff-bellied Pipit. Leicestershire/Rutland to grab a Velvet Scoter, Scaup and Black-throated Diver. Humber Estuary and Sheffield for Ivory Gull and Two-barred Crossbill. Each of the above was very tempting but I looked at the weather, the forecast was a lovely day, every man and his dog would be out today Xmas shopping or just out working off yesterdays meal . I don't do bank holidays away from home too far so once again I concentrated on the local pits.
I was on site for about 08.30 and I was greeted with dense fog. Bugger. I had a walk about but it was pretty useless, o couldn't even see the pool let alone count ducks, I could just hear Wigeon and Teal. Around the lanes I also heard a Green Woodpecker and could see a Little Owl in its tree.
I popped home to wait until the sun burnt off the fog and was made up when a male Blackcap was feasting on some fat balls. We have had a pair turn up for the past three winters. Hopefully I will see it again next Wednesday.
Very flooded but did see 2 Jay and heard 2 Redshank on the river edge.
31 Mute Swan
82 Tufted Duck
9 Great Crested Grebe
1 Smew (redhead)
A second visit to end the day
25 Tufted Duck
1 Little Grebe
52 Golden Plover
1 Little Owl
30+ Tree Sparrow
A decent end to the day and made up with finding a female Smew at Alrewas GP.
With another deep depression heading towards the UK and the forecast for the next few days pretty rubbish I am not sure when I will be out next.