Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Day out in London

Had a hospital appoinment in the morning so for the afternoon on a cold but bright day headed to the WWT Centre at Barnes after leaving the train station walked acrossed barnes Common where i had good views of Green Sotted Woodpeckers along with Tit flocks and lots of Redwing and Fieldfares flying over and Jay and Green Woodpecker calling.

Long-tailed tit on the common

When i got to the centre was surprised to see from the main observation 1 Scaup in with the flock of Tufted ducks. Did the walk around the edge the Wildside area first and had good views of Wigeon, Gadwall, Little Grebe, Grey Heron, Gadwall, Tufted Duck, Egyptian Goose, Coot, Moorhen Teal, Pochard and Flyover Sparrowhawk.

Then from the waterlife area overlooking the main Lagoon had distance view of 1 Jack Snipe and quite a few Common Snipes along with Black-headed, Herring, Common , Lesser Black-backed Gulls along with a small flock of Canada Geese. Though the main highlight of the day was to come from the Wader Scrape hide where i had a Pair of Stonechats along with Lapwings and Common Snipe feeding on the Main Bank before finishing the day with a hunting Sparrowhawk trying to grab a parkeet and failing at the feeders.

Wigeon in the winter sun

Pair of Egyptian Geese

Zooming Little grebe

Teal Pair


Common Snipe

Common Snipe close up

Common Snipe feeding

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