Missing Out

Due to the weather and having had a plasterer at the house all day I was itching to get out for a while this evening. A dog walk at Coate was the plan until I got a text reporting a Garganey viewable from Twitchers. Another text arrived, Pied Flycatcher at Stanton Park. So it was off to Stanton where neither myself and Martin Adlam managed to find the Flycatcher. Plenty of birds around though with the best being a couple of Goldcrests and a Siskin. My wife saw a Treecreeper and Nuthatch was also seen. Ten it was off to Twitchers where again there was a lot of activity. A single female Goldeneye was on the main lake and on the scrape were 3 Pochard, a few Shoveler, some teal and Wigeon. Also two Little Grebes one of which was chasing a Moorhen around. My first Cuckoo of the year was heard as were Cetti’s, Willow and Sedge Warbler. Three Swallows passed through but of the Garganey, unfortunately there was no sign.

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