Saturday 9 January 2010

3 Garden Ticks and more Jack Snipe

Saturday 9th January
Perhaps not quite as cold today if it wasn't for the biting wind! Me and the Mrs had a good stomp round the patch today. Highlights were:

2 Red-throated Diver - West
3 Tufted Duck
2 Shoveler
1 Eider
6 Common Scoter

230+ Wigeon
9 Brent Geese
1 Peregrine
2 Mediteranean Gulls (ad and 1st winter)
4+ Water Rail
2+ Cetti's Warbler
1 Jack Snipe
15 Dunlin

50+ Lapwing
1 Whimbrel
29 Curlew
4 Black-tailed Godwit
3 Knot
2 Chiffchaff
7,000+ Starling roosting in Pines tonight rather than reedbed

But the big news was from the garden as we notched up 3 Garden ticks taking the tally to 47 - Mistle Thrush and both Lapwing and Little Egret flying over! Also in the garden today, 2 female Blackcap, Fieldfare, Redwing and Meadow Pipit.

Jack Snipe showing very well

1st winter Med. Gull

Brent Geese on ice

Knot on the beach this evening

Redwing in kitchen, saved from
Leonard, unharmed!


  1. Another excellent day mate, I'm very gripped! I was hoping for a Jack Snipe today but the moor is completely frozen solid, including the lakes. The only ice-free water is the River Colne, so I walked the whole length the river bank and saw, well, not a lot - a Curlew, 2 Water Pipits and 25 Wigeon!

  2. Very nice capture,first class Jack Snipe.
    Lucky you,well done.

  3. Great photo of the Jack Snipe - I've yet to see one on the deck properly on the Axe. A rare opportunity. Superb!

  4. Thanks JR and Sue and Gavin - A much hoped for patch tick and a real performer in between the killer "Water Rail" activity!. Digiscoping does sometimes work!