A difficult 'Decide on the Day' event for our December fieldtrip. The group met as usual on Doctors Nook and the weather would eventually make our final decision. The western side of the country would be ruled out as the forecast was very poor, so it was decided to head over the border, eastward bound, to the destination of St Aidan's RSPB.
On arrival, our group of gutsy birders gathered, only to be confronted by a rather nasty looking incoming heavy shower. As we collected our belongings, the first real spot of the day. A Green Woodpecker flew across the car park only just above our heads.
At St. Aidan's there is a huge old Walking Dragline Excavator, called the Bucyrus Erie BE 1150, but more affectionately known as 'Oddball'. Little Owls roost and nest nearby but we had no luck in finding them. However the Kestrels that nest in the machinery were seen many times throughout the day.
|Kestrel (c) Martyn Jones|
|Male Pochard (c) Keith Williams|
|Male Stonechat (c) Martyn Jones|
|Meadow Pipit (c) John Preston|
|Female Goldeneye (c) Keith Williams|
|Grey Heron (c) Martyn Jones|
|Lapwings (c) Martyn Jones|
|Brown Hare (c) John Preston|
|Redwing (c) John Preston|
|Waxing Gibbous Moon (c) Martyn Jones|
Thank you to all for your company as always . Wishing all our members a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.