Yesterday - I lost touch with sanity and decided I had to at least start my Christmas shopping. Not a task I relish - far too many people!! Managed to get a couple of presents and dipped on a third - still a few to go yet. So home for a lie down in a darkened room until sanity and good temper were restored!
Today - I gave my daughter a lift into town at a reasonably early hour so where to now? Weather was dreadful but the thought of being indoors all day, was not appealing!
I debated Wisley again to track down Fieldfares and Redwings but decided against it; it's a weekend and probably too many people about - they're shy enough birds as it is.
So I went off to Barnes (London Wetland Centre). Not only were there very few people about, but there were very few birds as well. The highlight (no pictures) was a small group of Goldcrests flitting through some silver birch trees. I was advised that there had been some Siskins but they were not there by the time I arrived.
Most of the usual were out on the water. Lots of Teals today, Gadwall, Shovelers, Cormorants, Grey Herons etc. etc.
Light was diabolical - I think it's called "daylight" but the jury's still out on that one!
Just a few pics:
Collection bird - but I don't know what! But I do like it's colours
Grey Squirrel having a snack..
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