Thursday, 4 January 2007

A New Dawn, A New Day. 1st Jan 2007

After watching our garden feeders and surrounding fields for an hour to start my year list off i had reached a reasonable 15, Goldfinch,Great Tit, Blue Tit,Coal Tit, Magpie, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Crow, Jackdaw, Rook, Black-headed Gull, Common Gull, Red Kite, Wood Pigeon and Redwing.Sadly no Brambling or Siskin in the garden this year and even the Marsh Tits and Nuthatches were a no show.
I decided to head off to Foxcote Reservoir near Buckingham to see the Drake Ring-necked Duck that has been present there for almost a month.
Looking out across the reservoir from the hide the Ring-necked was found asleep on the far side of the lake,he didn't really seem too interested in much and was obviously oblivious to the fact that a number of birders would be dropping in to see him to add to their year lists.A male Goldeneye gave close views as he passed in front of the hide.
Back in the Hambleden Valley i soon spotted Red-legged Partridge,Buzzard, and Fieldfare.

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