Saturday, 5 March 2016

February 2016

Despite being one of the quieter months of the year, this February didn't turn out too bad. Following the trip to Norfolk, a trip to Aqualate saw us find five Whooper Swans. We went and saw the Hoopoe again (a February tick of course) and then the two Mediterranean Gulls were added to my Branston list

Whooper Swans at Aqualate
Two Mediterranean Gulls at Branston
A quick after work trip saw my third Staffordshire American Wigeon at Aqualate - another excellent find by Richie "Purple" Patch-Powell.

American Wigeon at Aqualate
Then the final trip was to see a nice trio of birds. First we headed over to Rutland Water for the Long-billed Dowitcher which had finally settled down and was showing well. Then it was down to Wiltshire for the female Hooded Merganser which was showing well, but not too well, and finally on the way home we stopped off for the very popular Penduline Tits in Gloucestershire.

Penduline Tit in Gloucs