Monday, 5 November 2012

On patch & Clara-Vale

Man-flu and overdoing it at the allotment has kept me grounded for over a week but last Thursday morning looked real inviting for some fresh-air and wander around the patch,stopping off at the viewing screen for a look resulted in a solitary Brambling (still present)then onto the public hide where three Snipe to the left of the hide were first to catch my eye then a small skein of 26 Greylags just beyond the island.
I just managed to catch the tail end of them before "surprise surprise "two SEOs came across the front of the hide and started hunting in the Sheep field

Friday was my mates only day off and he was intent on visiting Clara-Vale for a couple of hours.
Arriving to find an empty hide and very poor light we had quite a wait until we could get the cameras into action,I went with the intention of possible Redpols/Siskin but neither were recorded and the Kingfisher perch was taken up by this poser
A pair of Jays was my highlight for the day even though they nearly always landed on the bird tables apart from once when I managed a shot.
Even tho it was freezing cold and took me another two days to get over it  it was worth it for the Jays having never been this close before.

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