Thursday, 10 January 2008

Blashford Lakes HWT

Another visit, this time nailing the two Black-necked Grebe on Ibsley Water and at least 8 Goosander, and several Ruddy Ducks present like the other day. The Great-white Egret managed to elude most, but the Bittern was still on show occasionally.

Typically elusive Bittern in the reeds, to the left of the Ivy North Hide (c) Ashley Howe

A brief search for the Great Grey Shrike at Holm Hill with Simon Ingram and mates (who had given the area more of a going over than i did) drew blanks before moving to the Blackwater Arboretum where we had 'half a dozen' Hawfinch come into the pre-roost.

Silhouettes of 3 Hawfinch in Fir Tree in the pre-roost (c) Ashley Howe

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