Sunday, 29 December 2013

Seasonal birding

 Staines Reservoir
On top of the O2

Man flu struck just before Christmas so not felt the urge to go out as much as normal. I did manage to get out for two hours on Christmas Day to burn the lunch off round the lanes of which Redwings were the dominant species to be seen. 

I headed to London on 27th for a couple of days to visit the outlaws and also to spend a day in the city. I managed to get to Staines Reservoir on the hope of seeing a Black Necked Grebe but sadly no luck. However I did find 14 Goldeneye taking refuge from the blowing gale on the North basin. Other sightings were Cormorant, Lesser Black-Backed Gull, 30 Wigeon, 50+ Coot, Pied Wagtail, 10 Tufted Duck. There was a constant stream of jets taking off just behind the reservoir from the close Heathrow airport. Most definitely a strange place to go birding.

The next morning we heading to Greenwich as we were booked the climb the O2. The weather was stunning allowing fantastic views of the river and the city. The climb was superb and certainly not for the feint hearted. Managed to notch a Great Black Blacked Gull among the local gulls and a couple of Cormorant flying up river. 

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