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Saturday, 5 February 2011

2011, a new beginning

After a long absence I'm reviving the blog, partly as I'm anticipating having a bit more time over the next few months (I will soon be "resting" between jobs), partly because I went out birding with my daughter this morning and she officially started her UK life list, which seemed like something worth recording for posterity.

Our first trip was modest enough, being a couple of hours down at the Monks' Wall Nature reserve. This site was once my local patch but I haven't visited the site in at least 2 years. It can be very good indeed, and is very under watched. During the period 2004-2008 I probably visited the site over 250 times and took my site list to about 106, which is not bad for a couple of flooded fields and a few hedges.

Anyway, back to today. We arrived at about 8-30 and having parked the car, and spotted Carrion Crow and Magpie as we went through the gate, we immediately had a bit of excitement as a male Sparrow Hawk flew down the hedge and landed on a nearby post - we had great views through the scope, daughter suitably impressed. Nothing was added to the list as we made our way to the first hide, but once inside we were greeted with a mixed flock of gulls, with 36 Common Gull, 28 Herring Gull and 62 Black-headed Gull. We also quickly spied 35 Wigeon and a nice flock of 13 Curlew. 3 Greylag Goose landed after a few minutes along with a few Wood pigeon and 9 Starling. We then walked round to the other hide, adding 12 Goldfinch, 6 Teal, 2 Blackbird, 1 Blue Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 7 Pheasant (all female) and a single Mallard. Not much from the far hide, just a single Coot and 2 Redwing, which gave excellent views. The final additions to our day's tally were 2 Long-tailed Tit and a nice pair of Bullfinch - once again, giving great views.

New species added to K's Life list, Feb 5th 2011.

1) Carrion crow
2) Magpie
3) Curlew
4) Wigeon
5) Common gull
6) Sparrowhawk
7) Greylag goose
8) Starling
9) Herring gull
10) Black- headed gull
11) Woodpigeon
12) Goldfinch
13) Teal
14) Blackbird
15) Redwing
16) Coot
17) Goldcrest
18) Pheasant
19) Bullfinch
20) Mallard
21) Blue Tit
22) Long Tailed Tit

Current Total 22

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