Consolation birding

After work I decided to check out a couple of the local waters just in case the Diver had relocated locally. A vain hope I admit. No sign at Liden Lagoon so it was on to Coate Water. With the sun shining the main lake looked good with plenty of birds, unfortunately just the usual species seen. A look in at the far hide showed the second lake was fairly quiet. Finally it was into the first hide which is where the main action was. First of all there were five people in there, mainly photographing an obliging juvenile Kingfisher which was busily catching fish from a branch right in front of us. Also around were a couple of Little Grebe, Nuthatch and Marsh Tit, another Kingfisher was heard calling in the distance. Heading back to the car a Grey Wagtail was seen and during a final scan of the lake the fantastic sight of three Kingfishers chasing each other around. No consolation for missing out on the BTD but a great hour or so anyway.            Later on I took the dog up to a windy Barbury Castle. Not much around with just a Buzzard, 2 Kestrels and a handful of Meadow Pipits worthy of note.


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