Decided to do my WeBs survey today as forecast looked very wet tomorrow + though it was pretty wet earlier on it seemed to be drying up. Sadly it chucked it down while out so got wet but highlight a pair of Shelduck sitting on a raft in the LNR in Barnes (not WWT site)- very unusual here!
Also added Teal + Gadwall for the year but both are regular here.
A day of big raptors! Working near home at Hayes in the morning a couple of Red Kites cruising around. Later travelling down the M25 past Heathrow + another Red Kite + 2 Buzzards hunting close to the road.
Ending up in Weybridge, Surrey + one of the first birds I saw was another Red Kite flying over.
Amazing to think when I started birding they were so rare- just a handful of birds left in mid Wales.
A good day on the patch with Woodcock showing well again after flying up from the brook, a couple of Buzzards showing well but highlight my first patch Water Rails- probably 3 birds but at least 2, one showing well in the open with 3 Moorhens + a Teal.
After a dull start it turned into a beautiful sunny morning.
Plenty of birds on the patch with the two main highlights- a Red Kite flying low over the grasslands + more unusual here, a Woodcock flew up from near the brook as I passed by. It must have done a loop as I then had excellent side profile views as it passed by the other side of the brook a few metres higher than me. It was certainly a bulky bird compared to the several snipe I encountered later. About my 4th record here but is probably overlooked to some degree like the Jack Snipe which I occasionally find here.
I think I heard a wood warbler in my allotment yesterday, but having listened to a couple of songs online, it was only the "piping" bit at the end that I heard. Does the bird sometimes miss out the beginning bit of the song, was it something else entirely, or do I put it down to my age related deafness? Oh, and Happy New Year!
It certainly won't be a Wood Warbler at this time of year as they'll all be in Africa. A pretty scarce bird when they do arrive- mainly in western woods.