Sunday, 17 January 2016

An End of Year Visit to Sandy

31st December 2015

It has been a very quiet winter due to the unseasonable temperatures but I had heard some good reports from Sandy Heath so time for a visit. Not surprisingly, on such a "summers day" and the schools on holiday The Lodge car park was full and for the first time ever I had to park in the overflow car park. This was quite lucky as it turned out because in the paddocks beyond a pair of Mistle Thrushes were strutting their stuff.

A quick pop into the Meadow Hide produced very little, especially now that all the feeders were squirrel-proof  which of course also preclude Great Spotted Woodpeckers.  Therefore the only bird visiting the feeders worthy of a shot was this Nuthatch.

Anyway, now fed up withe the crowds, I went to Sandy Heath which was after all the original objective. Compared to the main reserve, Sandy Heath was alive with birds especially Reed Buntings which seemed to be concentrated around the clumps of Broom in the middle. There were also good numbers of Yellowhammer, but unlike the Reed Buntings they tended to keep out of sight in the grass.

But the stars today were the flock of 50 Redpolls feeding in the crop especially sown for birds. Unfortunately, much of the time they were close to the path but therefore deep in shade, which made life difficult. However, with a little patience I was able to get some reasonable shots.

What a great end to the year.


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