|Lesser Redpoll by Bob Hazell|
Monday, 3 March 2014
My first opportunity to play catch up with Dave listening to his sightings in Spain while we waited for the fog to lift. By the time we arrived at the pond it was well and truly gone replaced by lovely sunshine before clouding over and we caught up with Bob on toft bank and walked with him to toft shallows. Long-tailed Duck out in centre, male Smew towards biggen bay and Great-northern Diver off farborough spit. Toft Shallows had Water Rail in the stream but it did not come out in to the shallows in the hour we hung around there. At least 2 Chiffchaff, Goldcrest, 3 Bullfinch and 6 Long-tailed Tits noted. Both Short-tailed and Bank Vole seen in the shallows though trying to get pics was a nightmare as they don’t hang around. Raven heard and only 2 Snipe on show when we passed the scrape after 11 were seen earlier.