Wednesday, 21 January 2009

First LESSER SPOT of year - AMWELL

This morning I had great views of a female LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER in a small tree next to the Lea Navigation about 100 yards south of Hardmead Lock. It then worked its way through the woods to the east. I also had a single BITTERN on the edge of the reeds at the back of the small pool just north of the double-decker hide. There was a CETTI'S WARBLER singing there too - they've been very quiet / absent so far this year. All this on my way to look for Smew, but there was no sign of them in Tumbling Bay. The long-staying female Red-crested Pochard was showing well on Hollycross Lake (David Booth)

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