Abberton Reservoir – 18/01/15
Category : Blog
My first trip report of 2015, about time.
But first a quick note of something that wasn’t comprehensive enough to post about by itself. I was in Ireland for new years and even on a non birding trip managed to see my first Guillemot and Hooded Crows, a small flock of Purple Sandpipers which I had only seen once before, Gannets and a group of Seals, which were all a surprise and all great to see.
Anyway back to the original topic… A pretty cold day out with Steve (@bitterbirder) at Abberton Reservoir EWT was actually a fairly productive day. As usual we couldn’t escape from Kestrels, every part of the reserve we stopped at there was at least one hovering and even driving home produced them at almost set intervals. The only other raptors we had were a pair of Marsh Harriers that a Buzzard ended up being mobbed by. During the day we kept to the causeways and the church which looks over part of the reservoir. We managed a good list of birds including 3 Smew (sadly too distant for pictures), Goldeneye, Green Sandpiper, Redshank, Rock Pipit, Meadow Pipit, Great Crested Grebe, Grey Heron, Little Egret, Stonechat, Long-tailed Tit, Skylark, Fieldfare, Shelduck and plenty more common species.
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