Thursday, 29 December 2016

Another frosty day at Stockers

Well I have been searching for the White Nun over the last few weeks as this enigmatic bird hides amongst the willow islands of Stockers lake.
I walked to the Shoveler hide had a quick scan and moved on however after a hundred yards did a U turn as I  saw my quarry off the main island .Back in the hide the red head Smew obliged giving close views as we waited.
Well close views of this small merganser made my day along with Shoveler dabbling in the shallows.
The icing on the cake not the lake was displaying Goldeneyes for a fellow birder and I before departing the crowds on the causeway.
The sunshine brings out the crowd winter or summer.

Thursday, 1 December 2016

A Quick walk around Stockers Lake

A circular walk of Stockers today in search of Smew be it a red head,Anna Marett and I looked but alas only found Goldeneye good numbers of Wigeon and a good number of Red crested Pochards at least 8 and four on Bury GP.
Also large numbers of Coot we met Messrs Hulls and Lapworth and Tony revealed that Jack Snipe were at Ruislip Lido.
The ice covered a great deal of the lake and on it stood a few gulls.
Finally near the Alders a flock of splendid Siskin .