Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Local Delights

When i decided to pop up Biggleswade Common on Sunday morning (after not seeing the Goosander in Stevenage) i really didn't expect it to offer me much, it's a nice river walk but can be completely bird-less at times and absolutely brilliant on other occasions. I was rewarded on 2 counts, firstly by brilliant close views of a Water Rail feeding in the open which is pictured below, and secondly by meeting a fella who told me what The Lodge (RSPB reserve) in Sandy was offering at the moment....that would have to wait until Monday...

Monday was a truly excellent day that began for me at 4.30am making my way to Worcestershire to view a Slavonian Grebe (photos from that day will have to wait!) and ended at East Hyde with more great views of Jack Snipe, here is the pick of the images i took...

Inbetween these 2 sites was a visit to The Lodge on the recommendation of the Biggleswade bloke, apparently some Crossbills have been frequenting the pool in front of the hide and a male Sparrowhawk has also been hanging around in search of an easy meal....we waited for around 20 minutes and then the small area in front of the hide went crazy....Crossbills were everywhere perching and drinking looking even more impressive than i have seen in books, the male Sparrowhawk didn't let us down swooping down and scaring off all the other birds looking mean and intent on causing havoc and a Siskin and Brambling even put in an appearance....one of the best hours of birdwatching i have ever experienced, here are the pictures, enjoy!

Male Crossbill

Female Crossbill

Male and Female Crossbills drinking from the pond

The male Sparrowhawk, stunning...