Singing Robin down the lane – still to hear my first Chiffchaff of the year
Yesterday afternoon was my first venture into the park since returning from Italy. There’s still little sign of any Spring activity other than a few singing Robin, Great Tit, Dunnock and Stock Dove. As I missed my WeBS count at the weekend I checked the water meadow and lake for wildfowl. I was surprised just how few birds there were – less than twenty of the three ‘default’ duck species, Teal, Gadwall & Mallard and very little else besides. I did managed to find three lingering Woodcock in Common Plantation and a similar number of Snipe on the rough grazing meadow below the dam. A flock of forty Fieldfare were feeding on the grass bank, south of the Weaver’s Way, with a lone Redwing.
I did manage to collect a couple of NENBC area year ticks on my travels – the very smart and obliging Snow Bunting along The Esplanade at Sheringham and the male Goosander at Selbrigg Pond – the first one I’ve seen in the area since November 2015! Today it’s Felbrigg walks day with the Bird Club this morning and the National Trust Bird Walk this afternoon – I’m hoping for a seasonal surprise!
Record shot of the male Goosander at the far end of Selbrigg Pond