Monday, 17 December 2012

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

We decided on trip to Tophill Low this Saturday as Oliver and Luke were hoping to see the Otters after all the recent sightings. On the way into the reserve we saw quite a few different birds.




Treecreeper with lunch!

Our first stop was to see what was showing on D Res

Tufted Duck

Gadwall and Widgeon

Great Black Backed Gulls

We then took a walk to the new hide hoping to see Owls as the light began to fade, Luke spotted this Reed Bunting on the way.

and a Wren in front of the hide

We then went back to watch the Gulls flying in for the night back on D Res

Coming in to land

Touch down

No Otters or Owls today, but still a enjoyable afternoon out in the fresh air.

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tophill Low Nature Reserve

It was a very cold and frosty day at Tophill Low and there was not too many of us who braved the weather!

The first sighting of the morning was a Lesser Redpoll feeding near the car park.

I then headed off towards North Marsh which was well and truly frozen up, no Otters or Kingfishers today!

On the way back through the woods there was a Treecreeper

and a Goldcrest

I then walked down to the river hoping to see any signs of the Otters, but saw these Blackheaded Gulls all lined up.

Nearby there was a Redwing

and a Robin

A frosty walk back to the reserve


On the walk back through the woods I saw this Blue Tit

and a group of three Roe Deer

Grey Squirrel

and that was about the last of the light.

Monday, 3 December 2012

Potteric Carr

This was our first visit to Potteric Carr on a very wet afternoon.

The first sighting was a Blue Tit feeding in the reeds.

Nearby these Mute Swans were practising their best neck bending techniques!

We tried several of the hides with no luck, it seems we were not the only ones who didn't think much to the weather!  So we decided to have lunch and see if our luck would change so fortified with king size bacon butties and coffee we set off again.  It must have done the trick Luke saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker as soon as we went in the next hide!

and then a Jay

The birds were at last all coming out despite the rain.


Great Tit

Reed Bunting


Feeding time!

After this great display we then moved on to the next hide and saw Little Grebe.



Then as we were leaving we saw this large flock we thought may be Starlings.

So it turned out to be a good day after all we will definitely be back, but hopefully when the weather is better.