Sunday, January 06, 2008

Early Birds at Hatfield Forest


I got to Hatfield Forest early, with the frost still on the ground. The Forest was full of birds but the quick walk fomr the main car park round the lake and back brought nothing exceptional.

Bullfinches were everywhere, with a party of 10 in brambles by the entrance, Redwings, Greenfinches and Chaffinches well spread throughout the copious leaf-letter underneath trees, a couple of Jays, 3+ Nuthatches, Green Woodpecker, GSW, Long-tailed Tit, and on the lake 56 Gadwall and smaller numbers of Teal, Pochard, Tufted duck, Mallard, Canada Goose and 2 GC-Grebes.

Finally on the way home 28 Golden Plover at Spellbrook were probably from the volatile Allen’s Green Flock.



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