Monday, 30 January 2012

Grand Tour of Surrey/Berks (22/01/12)

On a very blustery day I set off for Staines Reservoir first of all for last years birds.

This time the drake Scaup was extremely distant on the far bank of the north basin, there were 2 red-head Smew, the Great Northern Diver was elusive on the north basin, the Shag was on the floating raft, there was a drake RD with the Pochard/Tufted Ducks, a very distant Green Sandpiper on the south basin and no sign of the Water Pipit.

Next it was off to Remenham where I lucked in the one Tree Sparrow.  Seen in the hedge quite close to the road with House Sparrows, Chaffinches and impressive numbers of Reed Buntings.

Next, onto Dinton Pastures but it was pretty disappointing with no Barn Owl, no Bittern and no birds on the scrape as work was being carried out nearby.  Did get a Treecreeper though.

My final destination was Moor Green Lakes and I had good views of a Firecrest off Dell Road.  At the lakes themselves were about 8 Goosander and a male Bullfinch but no Barn Owl or Little Owl.

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