Kick Start

To get the New Year off to a start and to get the “scores on the doors ” we decided on Anglers CP and Pugneys CP for the afternoons birding on New Yers Day. We meet at my place getting the day off to a good start with a garden first in the shape of a Pied Wagtail. Arrived Anglers CP at about 12:30 in the afternoon adding Robin, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Goldfinch from around the bird feeders, in the fields Canada Goose and Lapwing then on to the boating lake adding wildfowl to the list Tufted Duck, Gadwall, Mallard, Goldeneye, Shoveler, Pochard, Coot, Moorhen, and a fly thru Kingfisher. Back on to the reserve part to get Scaup ♀ on the list along with Mute Swan, Great Crested and Little Grebes, and Wigeon.

The news was coming thru that things were happening at Pugneys so we made a 20 minute dash across town and landed at the Calder Wetlands part of Pugneys. It wasn’t long before we added Ring Necked Duck ♂ to the day list and then a 15 minute walk to add the ♂ Smew, Red Breasted Merganser and Goosander to the growing list. On then to the Nature Reserve at Pugneys to add Bittern with the Cettis Warbler and Water Rail only making it to the heard list and then to the boating lake to see once again the Ferruginous Duck

The day list ended at about 50 :-

Little Grebe, Great Crested Grebe, Cormorant, Bittern, Grey Heron, Mute Swan, Greylag Goose, Canada Goose, Wigeon, Gadwall, Teal, Mallard, Shoveler, Pochard, Ring Necked Duck ♂, Ferruginous Duck ♂, Tufted Duck, Scaup ♀, Goldeneye, Smew ♂, Red Breasted Merganser, Goosander, Kestrel, Water Rail, Moorhen, Coot, Redshank, Black Headed Gull, Common Gull, Lesser Blacked Backed Gull, Herring Gull, Great Black Backed Gull, Woodpigeon, Kingfisher, Pied Wagtail, Wren, Dunnock, Robin, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Cettis Warbler, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Jay, Magpie, Carrion Crow, Starling, Tree Sparrow, Chaffinch, Goldfinch,

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