Sunday, February 07, 2010

Lower Bittel and Morton Baggot area 04/02

Went to try again for the Crossbill at Lickey but waking up early morning reveled a lot of fog so thought Lickey would be covered in it. Quick change of plan and we decided to go to Lower Bittel and Morton Baggot.

Arriving at Lower Bittel I could see that the water levels were still really low so started to check for a Green Sandpiper that my Dad had got earlier in the year to no luck but there were 5 Female Goosander, 102 Teal, 1 Shoveler, 32 Mallard 2 Grey Heron 4 Mute Swan and several Black Headed Gulls. I also noted what looked to be a dead Deer that was partially submerged in the reservoir maybe had wondered onto the mud and got stuck and succumbed?

Driving onto Morton Baggot and Sherwoods feeding station where we noted 2 Marsh Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Collared Dove, 4 Pheasant, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker and several Blue Great and Coal tit also Chaffinch, Greenfinch and Dunnock. No sign of any Willow Tit so thought we'd go and try to find where Little Egret, Pink Footed Goose and Green Sandpiper had been reported the previous week. Soon spotted a sign to a coarse fishery and thought this was our best chance, we followed the track down to the lake where there were 16 Greylag Geese which were presumably what the Pinkfoot had previously been reported with, no sign of it today. Scanning the lake revealed a few Mallard, Coot Moorehen and a Little Grebe was asleep on the far bank.

Driving back home a large flock of 200+ Linnet, 40+ Chaffinch and c20 Goldfinch were flighty around the fields by Sherwoods rounding off the trip nicely with 2 year ticks taking me to 89.

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