Sunday, 12 February 2017

Fifty Shades of Grey.

Dull, grey and then duller and greyer. Not a week of good weather so hardly surprising that the camera has mostly remained in the bag. Just one outing midweek, a brief walk around the Grove Ferry end of the Stodmarsh NNR, catching up with the 4 Bewick Swans from the viewing ramp, 3 adults and a juvenile bird, these being the highlight of a rather dull trudge under a damp grey sky. A single Water Pipit was seen from the Feast hide along with 100+ Teal, 9 Gadwall, several Mallard, Shoveller, 4 Tufted Duck (2 Drakes and 2 Duck) and a solitary Drake Wigeon. Two Grey Heron's passed Northward towards Reculver and a Ring-tailed Harrier flew westward along the river bank towards Stodmarsh followed by a Little Egret. Three Marsh Harriers were noted, 1 Green Woodpecker and several Thrush species in the trees down towards the Marsh hide. A fox trotted across the wet marshy area in front of the Marsh hide and a pair of Stonechat's were present but I could not locate any Water Pipits from here. Calling back into the Feast hide on the way out, a Kingfisher zipped along the dyke but not stopping, and a Green Sandpiper was taking advantage of the newly cleared reed bed on the left, foraging for food in the mud as were two Common Snipe and a Water Rail. Not that exciting I'm afraid, hopefully the weather will soon improve, there were a few signs that Spring is just around the corner. 

The new view from the Feast Hide

You know its poor when you start taking photos of Coots.

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