Friday, 24 December 2010

Frosty Robins and Fat Cake

Merry Christmas from a frosty Blashford Lakes.
Not at all a bad day, although with little of real note to report. The bearded tit pair were in front of the Ivy North hide again in the morning, but there was no sign of the bittern. Around the Centre and Woodland hide there were perhaps 20 or so brambling and several lesser redpoll at the feeders. The new fat feeders we made yesterday with lumps of the "World's Biggest Fat Seed Cake" were going down well with the local blue tits beside the car park. I also saw a woodcock which flew over my head at the car park and dropped in somewhere down by the Dockens Water.
In the afternoon I went up to the Lapwing hide, the light was too bright to see the birds well but it did make for a picturesque scene. A small area of open water just south of the hide was receiving the arriving goosander, many of which were standing or sitting on the edged of the ice.Lastly a couple of scenes, the first from the path just south of the Lapwing hide.
And then from the hide itself, looking out over Ibsley Water.
The reserve is closed tomorrow, but I will be in on Boxing Day to try and work off the festive excesses.

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