Monday, 11 January 2010

Birdwatching in the snow and ice at Tring

Warren Claydon discovered a second-winter MEDITERRANEAN GULL at Wilstone in the roost this evening, as well as a single Great Black-backed Gull.

Over the weekend I walked around all the reservoirs both days, and saw nothing of note. The female Pintail at Startops is extremely tame and I suspect is of captive origin. On Saturday there were 22 Mute Swans in the minute area of open water and 9 on Tringford. I was able to watch a Kingfisher only 3 metres away by lock 41, which had some ice free water (it was good to see that it did at least catch a fish). Surprisingly few birds in the garden although the female Blackcap is still about (Steve Rodwell).

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