Monday, 12 January 2015

An End of Year Visit to Amwell

30th December 2014

Time for just one more visit to Amwell before the end of the year on a lovely crisp, frosty and sunny day. Like most of the county Amwell had been very quiet of late due to the mild weather with still no sign of any Smew and just one very elusive Bittern. A scan from the viewpoint revealed just the usual suspects including this Heron which flew lazily over our head.

Visits to the Bittern Pool, James Hide and White Hide did not reveal any sign of the Bittern or anything else for that matter, but back at the viewpoint a Snipe was busily feeding along the edge of a frozen pool. Presumably the mud at the water's edge had just started to thaw.

But the most amazing thing was the effect that the unseasonal mild weather was having on the wildlife as there was a Reed Bunting in full song in front of the James Hide and a pair of Great Crested Grebes were building a nest in front of the viewpoint. Crazy!!

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