Saturday, December 22, 2007

Sawbridgeworth Marsh Roost 22 Dec

I don’t do freezing cold as a rule. If I spend a day out in sub-zero temperatures I always seem to end up getting flu for two-weeks afterwards. But today I reckoned I could get away with a visit to Sawbridgeworth Marsh Roost.

Mike has had some excellent records recently; LSW, Peregrine, Woodcock, Jack Snipe, but my incessant yakking put a stop to that today. I find roosts difficult as birds call once then plunge out of the gloom into a reedbed, and got some invaluable lessons from Mike in bird calls and distant flight identification.

Highlights below (a subset of Mike’s List of evening totals for those notable species I saw): 2 Water Rail, 7 Stock Dove, 2 Little Owl (both calling birds), 1 GSW, 11 Meadow Pipit, 10 Redwing, 256 Fieldfare, Chiffchaff (heard in reedbed), 207 Jackdaw (SSW), 159 Rook (2, 157, SSW) , 24 Reed Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer (N).

I notice that nearby Rainham Marsh has had an influx of exotic geese in the last couple of days. Has St James’s Park lake frozen over?

2 comments:

Richard said...

Thanks from the other side for your blog. I do really appreciate your concise entries and descriptions. I, too, will be investigating bats in my neighborhood. But, being in the depths of winter here, I don't expect to yield any results for several months.

Richard Guthrie, Councilman
New Baltimore,*
On the Hudson River
The Greene County
New York State
USA
*(~ 1/3 NYC<---*----Montreal)
gaeltic@capital.net

DorsetDipper said...

thanks Richard, your comments are appreciated.

Good luck with the bats. If you have the time I'd like to hear how you get on.

regards

John