Sunday, 14 December 2008

Amwell and other things

Spent a few hours at Amwell this morning.
The usual things on show-Water Rails running around in front of the watch-point, the male Stonechat behaving, as someone remarked, more like a Bluethroat and spending all the time at the water's edge, and al variety of wildfowl. No sign of the Smew or Red Crested Pochard though. Did find a Tufted x Pochard drake and there were a couple of Goldeneye present, but I felt that Wigeon and Teal numbers were a bit low.
Gull numbers gradually built up over the course of the morning-last night's Caspian and Yellow Legged Gull had gone at first light.
Apart from around 500 Lapwing, there were about a dozen Snipe-hard to find as the water levels were rather high, and one sleeping Jack Snipe-its taken all year to find one.
In the garden, not much to add to the NOA survey, but I did see a male Blackcap briefly on Friday.
Looks like the Rough Legged Buzzard has gone from the Royston area-a lot of Herts birders were hoping to get it on next years list, and I was hoping to get some better images.

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