Wednesday 6 December 2023

A morning in the valley

Needed some me time this morning so headed over to Fishers Green, Lee Valley and plotted up at the Bittern hide where it was cold and very misty first thing. The Bittern popped out around 8am and allowed me to fire off a couple of shots before it ran back into the reeds from which it had came from and wasn't seen again all morning apart from for a couple of guys up in the tower that could see it hidden away at the back of the reedbed. A Grey Heron spent a while resting on the Kingfisher bank and had a little go at fishing from the log until it fell off. A drake Goosander flew over and was later seen out on the main lake and at least four Water Rail entertained the tour group that arrived around 9.30am as did the noisy Parakeets.

A walk along the river gave views of Kingfisher, Sparrowhawk and a flock of Redwings before a fly over Raven and Red Kite ended the mornings birding.

No year ticks today so I'm still hoping for six to avoid my lowest ever year of listing. (But I'm not trying very hard if truth be told, chosing time with the grandkids ahead of most days out)

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