Boxing Day

27 Dec

I began the day in Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire. I was hoping to catch up with Hawfinch as they usually frequent the grounds around the chapel, but today I was out of luck. It was literally freezing while I waited, scanning the tree tops and listening for thier calls.

Several Nuthatch were active calling and flying from tree to tree, as were a number of Goldcrest.  Stock Dove and Woodpigeon braved the frosty start and were singing.


From here I drove to the village of Lound and walked around a section of the Idle Valley Nature Reserve. the whole complex covers a huge area and is mainly disused gravel pits with alot of willow scrub and a small section of woodland.



View from Neatholme Lane looking North towards Blaco Hill Farm

Waterfowl were well represented with Mallard, Teal, Wigeon, Shoveler, Goldeneye, Canada and Greylag Goose on all the pits. Large numbers of Coot were also present.  Beyond the River Idle on Hayton Common there were about 80 Mute Swans with a small group of Whooper Swan.  It was very pleasing to see a flock of 30 Lesser Redpoll in Linghurst Wood.

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