Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Blashford Lakes HWT Reserve

This morning we led our Tuesday group around Blashford Lakes, starting in the North Ivy Hide. Here we had brief views of a Bittern which decided it wasn't going to show itself again at least while we were there.  So we moved to the Woodland hide where we lucked in as the Mealy Redpoll was on the feeder opposite a Lesser Redpoll, so good comparisons of size and colouration of plumage could easily be seen. Unfortunately the reflective  glass in the hide doesn't help photography but you can see that the left hand bird is larger and has a much colder frosty look about it where the right hand lesser has a far warmer appearance.
Mealy Redpoll on left Lesser Redpoll on right

There were all the usual common tit species and lots of Chaffinch, the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch and a good number of Siskin were also coming in to the feeding station.  From Ivy South Hide we had good variety of duck, including Wigeon, Teal, Gadwall, Shoveler.
Male Siskin - Blashford Woodland Hide

Walking across to the Lapwing Hide we had a few Redwing, a party of Long-tailed Tits and Goldcrest with them.  Ibsley Water as usual had plenty of duck and it was very nice to see so many Pintail along with the species already seen Ivy Lake plus a pair of Goldeneye, the male briefly displayed to the female, Great Crested and Little Grebe.  A single Yellow-legged Gull and two Lesser Black Backed Gulls, there were also Egyptian and Canada Geese and a few Greylag Goose.

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