Wednesday, 28 January 2009

25/1/09 Holywell, Linton and Cresswell Ponds

Woke up this morning and looked outside and was welcomed by 4 long-tailed tits in my garden. We decided to go to Holywell Ponds first and see what was there then move on so that's where we went. When we got out of the car, a kestrel flew over our heads and onto the grass right in front of us. Then it took off again but came back flying right towards us and I got some photos. When we went into Holywell, we found out that it was a special day and we got given a booklet of what birds we might see. In the feeding station, there was greenfinches, chaffinches, robins, a great-spotted woodpecker and a water rail. After a while we left for Linton. When we got there we went right to the first hide which had nothing of interest. The other hide was much better. When we went in, I scanned the gulls for the glaucous but no sign. However the ducks were better. The rare ones contained a shoveler, pochard and a female scaup. There were loads of teal and Canadian geese but no wigeon which was surprising. Next onto Cresswell. On the way in we looked for the barn owl but it wasn't there. In the hide the red-breasted mergansers were in front of the hide and I got some photos. Nothing else of interest until we got outside the hide when we saw 2 stock doves which was a nice sighting.
Red-Breasted Mergansers