After visiting Parliament to check on the Peregrines at dawn I left London a few hours later and headed for the Valley, with good sunshine I was hoping for a Bittern. With much of the lakes frozen up I thought I had a good chance of catching up with one of the 2 or 3 that are present. Again no luck, they are very hard to locate but I did catch up with the White Fronted Goose again, with colder weather forecast and a change to an easterly for once, we could also see the arrival of the rarer ducks like Smew, Goldeneye or a Goosander.
|White Fronted Goose - click on photos to enlarge|
With the brighter weather I also caught up with 2 Common Buzzards, presumably a pair, one aloft and one in trees with 2 Crows for company. Elsewhere overhead I had a flock of 120 Lapwing with 4 Golden Plover calling in with them.
|Green Woodpecker taken the other day in the garden|
|Distant male Sparrowhawk obviously been chasing something with white feathering showing|
|Mute Swan males, just starting to warm up|
|Distant Common Buzzard|
A Mistle Thrush was singing along with at least 3 Song Thrushes, a good morning to be out and great not to feel a westerly wind for once.