☂ Monday 16th January... I was initially on my way to Brandon Marsh when I decided to divert to Draycote Water with the idea of picking up a few new species for the year list. I didn't complete a full circuit, instead a walk along Farborough Bank and back before heading on as far as the valve tower. I cut my visit short when the rain got too heavy, thankfully just as I'd finally dropped onto one of the several Scaup currently on site. Year-firsts: Meadow Pipit, (C30) Tree Sparrow and Scaup and also during my stay (9) Goosander and Little Egret were other notables.
|Common Buzzard when the sun finally arrived Friday!|
☁ Tuesday 17th January... A few hours at Brandon Marsh where the best of the visit included Water Rail, a year best count of (34) Gadwall plus single ⚦Goldeneye, Goosander and Wigeon.
☁ Thursday 19th January... Another session with the Brandon Marsh volunteers and again continuing my project of willow removal from the Farm Pool. No birding prior to starting work but during the session two Woodcock were inadvertently flushed from the conservation area.
|Bearded Tit at Napton ~ Amazed this actually came out but that's the Canon SX50 for you!|
|Red-necked Grebe at glorious Draycote Water!|