Welcome to my birdwatching blog. This blog will contain stories about my bird watching trips, interesting bird news and other tales that may or may not be bird related. I want to make it useful to the avid birder as well as those who may only have a passing interest in bird watching. I enjoy photographing bird life, common and rare through a spotting scope, not that they always sit still long enough for me. Being on the outskirts of North East London, my reports will not only cover my local patch of Redbridge/Waltham Forest, but also dip into deepest Essex, Suffolk, Kent and Norfolk.


Thursday, 22 December 2011

A bit of last minute Christmas birding

Having a few days off before the Christmas break allowed me to indulge in a bit of last minute birding. And rather than create separate posts for each trip, I am lazily putting all the highlights into one post.

14.12.2011
Amwell Gravel Pits
At the northern end of the Lee Valley, Amwell is a good place to find wintering ducks and bittern.
Birds seen: siskin, goldeneye, wigeon, shoveler, gadwall, great crested grebe, common gull

Great Northaw Wood
Ancient woodland in Hertfordshire
Birds seen: nuthatch, common treecreeper, coal tit, marsh it, great spotted woodpecker, tawny owl (heard only)
Mammals: muntjac deer


17.12.2011
Connaught Water
Local lake on the edge of Epping Forest
Mandarin duck, Hooded Merganser (unknown origin)
Mandarin Duck
Mandarin Ducks

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