NAPTON ON THE HILL WEATHER

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Glorious Waxwing!

Waxwing in Main Car Park!
A heavy frost overnight produced a glorious but freezing morning and as I left for Brandon Marsh the outside temperature was showing a chilling -5C. It was also nice to here a Little Owl calling as I was defrosting the car.

A brief vigil at Sheepfield with Derek, Walter, John and Bob in the hope of an Owl or two proved fruitless. In fact apart from yesterdays large Redpoll flock, now with several very pristine Siskin within and at least 6 Goldcrest showing well at close quarters, very little was on the move!

As you would imagine all the pools were frozen up and so I spent very little time in the hides and mostly kept mobile to stop from freezing up altogether! A couple of Water Rail and a lone Cetti's Warbler were heard on my travels, 2 Snipe flew over Central Marsh, Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatch and several Reed Bunting were also noted.

Further highlights before spending a good half hour in the main car park photographing the enclosed very accommodating Waxwing was a Chiffchaff near the Carlton Overflow Ditch, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard and the usual Redwings and Fieldfare! John also spotted a Fox crossing the golf course but I bombed on that one.