Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Second Homecoming - Tring

Spent an enjoyable day at Tring Reservoirs in the company of the irrepressible @ianbennell75 whom I hadn't seen since since birding was just an embarrassing pastime.  Now of course it's the coolest thing ever (geek=cool).

So while shooting the breeze on a lovely sunny day tempered only by a cool shooting breeze, we meandered round picking off what was available which wasn't a great deal, while filling in the gaps of twenty odd years past.

The water levels at Wilstone were the lowest I had ever seen it during my six and a half years living in Tring, a little surprising considering the amount of rainfall that other parts of the country are continuing to experience.  A crazy situation.

Best was a 1st winter Scaup on Startops that appears to be developing nicely into adulthood.  A female Red-Crested Pochard roosted on the bank of the island at Wilstone where a pair of Goldeneye were present along with eight Golden Plover in with the Lapwing, a flyover Buzzard and Red Kite.  Two Chinese Water Deer were the first I had ever seen there.

In the hope of seeing the Bittern, two Snipe were perched at the base of the reedbed at Marsworth, a few Water Rail were squealing from either end of the reservoir, with a vocal Cetti's Warbler present along with a patient Kingfisher perched within the reeds.

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