Had a great day out today with Pete visiting three of his local patches. We started out in Hatfield Forest where the skies were grey and the rain that eventually fell, was wet!
However, as Swallows (three) and Great Grested Grebes (6 of them) greeted us, the dullness was lightened a little.
We met a very helpful chappie who was a Wildlife Trust Volunteer and he very kindly showed us where the Tawny Owl was. It would have been very difficult to find it without his help.
From there we went on to Rye Meads (RSPB) where Sedge Warblers abounded. This one showed itself briefly but it was lovely to hear their song.
A mallard was having a bath
and from one of the hides a Reed Bunting was observed having a meal.
Grass staying still on a windless day
A choice then of going to Knebworth House ( I haven't been) or Amwell. Well we were having so much luck with the birds today that we headed off for Amwell after a quick lunch at a local pub.
Canada Goose - bathing
"Ooh - what's that up there" "Is it the sun?"
The sun eventually broke through and it was lovely to feel its warmth on your back. Not so many pics today but saw a great many birds. The list will follow on another post!
Thanks Pete :D
Edited to add What we saw today!
Great Crested Grebe
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Little Ringed Plover
SWALLOWS - WHEY HEY!!
Tern (Common - I think)
Edited: ooops - forgot Grey Heron, Oystercatcher, Buzzard and Reed Bunting
and on our way back from the car
that's 45 species seen
CUCKOO - another WHEY HEY!
and a further 5 heard.
Not bad for an impromptu day's birding!
Padstow & Lanhydrock
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