The best photo of the day, a female tufted duck that came close enough to
get a decent photo of.
|Outside of the little hide at Bolton-on-Swale|
|Looking over the lake to where most of the birds were|
This reserve is well tucked away and used to only have a tiny hide that you could get to down a long bumpy track. It's still got the tiny hide and long bumpy track but there's also a new viewing screen. I'm going to go back to that one day - I only used the hide this time as it was quite cold and windy and it was chilly enough in the hide!
My last post on Pochards which is just one of the species that I saw there. I've also updated that a bit too with some great facts and photos that @birdbrainuk gave me. I'm quite jealous as all the Pochards I see are normally the other side of whatever lake I'm at but in London David said that they are often swim round your feet!
Well I went to this reserve as part of my reserves challenge and as we hadn't been for a while, its a route my family don't go often which is a shame as it's a lovely little reserve. It turned out to be a great time to go though. In my last post I mentioned someone leaving the reserve tipped us off that there were some Scaup on the far edge of the lake. Well with the aid of my new telescope I saw some! A lifer for me so I was pleased about that. And like the Pochard they are also a Red List species, so another one to add to that challenge. The photos though were too blurry to tell what they were so I must get my digi-scoping kit soon!
|Looking the other way - not a sausage!|
There were also Robins, Great Tits, Blue Tits and Wood Pigeons in the trees on the way to and from the car.
So not a bad little trip out, I'm sure I'll be back there before too long.
Hope you enjoyed,
P.S. I've added a page at the top now which links to the map which logs where I've been so far.