Had a day trip out yesterday with the RSPB to Clumber Park
in Nottinghamshire and Potteric Carr Nature Reserve in search
of all 3 Woodpeckers and Hawfinch that have been seen there
but came away with zilch, mind you I think you'd have to be
there a lot earlier to catch these as it gets unbelievably busy
from 10 o'clock onwards but still had a nice morning there and
bumped into a nice lad from Sheffield who I had met before at Rodley
and also visits Cromwell NR regularly.
It was then on to Potteric Carr for the afternoon in dark cloudy weather
not good for photography and also while travelling there thinking it
was a shame my old pal Linford wasn't on the trip, but the people on
the trip said that he'd been poorly so hoping you get well soon friend.
I've never been to Potteric before and I'm glad I was there with other
people or I'd of got lost as the place is massive, anyway walked around
and looked out of numerous hides in hope of seeing a Bittern and guess
what ? after a few hours I seen one with my mate Mike who was on the
trip and another bloke who's name I've forgotten let us look through his
scope for a definite ID so was well chuffed.
I didn't get to see the Marsh Harrier that was seen flying over.
So overall it was a cracking day for birding but not so good for photography,
I ended up with 45 species of birds and the wife rang saying there was a
Sparrowhawk on the garden shed which was nice to hear.
During the week through the grapevine, Hen Harrier flew over Cromwell,
Peregrine over Boothtown, skeins Pink Footed geese seen over Shibden
and a few other places.
Blackbird Starling Bittern Blue Tit Buzzard Lapwing Shelduck
Goldfinch Siskin L.Redpoll Great Tit Nuthatch GoldCrest Teal
Heron Shoveller Common, Herring, Great Black Backed, Lesser
Blackbacked, Blackheaded Gulls Chaffinch Coal Tit Robin Jackdaw
Magpie Crow Gadwall Tufted Duck Mallard Mute Swan Pochard
Great Crested Grebe Kingfisher Long-Tailed Tit Song Thrush
Marsh Tit Greylag Canada Geese Oystercatcher Snipe Coot
Wren, Cetti's Warbler and Stonechat heard but not seen.