Saturday, 14 December 2013

December Doldrums

Lade - 0800hrs - mild, sunny, sw 2 - What with being off the Marsh yesterday it was good to get out and about around the local patch this morning with the mutt. Plenty of ducks and Coot remained on the lakes for tomorrow`s WeBS count, including 3 Goldeneye and a Red-crested Pochard. Two Marsh Harriers were on the wing harrying the Coot, while a Peregrine cruised through behind the `mirrors` scattering hundreds of Starling, Stock Dove, Golden Plover and Lapwing.
RSPB - 1400hrs - A scout around the bird reserve revealed more of the same sort of stuff: Smew and Great White Egret on ARC, 3 Goosander and an earlier Caspian Gull on Burrowes and the Glossy Ibis was reported on the Boulderwall Fields, where several Marsh Harriers were on the hunt.
It was a case of the December doldrums, but shouldn`t grumble really, as I always say, "that would`ve been a day to remember in Bedfordshire!"

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