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?


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
*(~ 1/3 NYC<---*----Montreal)

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.