|Mandarin Ducks at Strawberry Pond|
On the drive to collect Jim I had a Barn Owl hunting along the David Lloyd fields so technically my first Roding Valley tick of 2013 should I ever get started on it as a patch.
As we moved to the visitors centre I picked up a Stonechat and there was a Ring Necked Parakeet near the feeders. We found the presumed plastic Ross's Goose on the reserve keeping the company of several Greylags and saw it in flight too which was good.
On the foreshore we saw Wigeon, Shelduck, Teal, Redshank, Dunlin and Curlew.
On the way home we made a quick stop in Epping Forest to pick up Mandarin Duck for a year tick.
Strawberry Pond has an established population of around twenty birds.
A Goldcrest showed along with Coal Tit and Nuthatch.
Back at home I have planted a tree and set up a new feeding station in the garden.
Year list now at 129 and still under a week long so moving along quite nice.....
when and what will be the first lifer of 2013?