Saturday, 19 January 2013

Dippy Day

A days birding with Paul. First stop was Moor Green Lakes in Berkshire. Our target bird the recently reported Pallas's Warbler. We arrived at around 08:30 and despite over 3 hours of searching by ourselves and several other birders we were unable to connect with our target bird. We did manage; Siskin (c30), Goldcrest (20+), Grey Wagtail, Little Grebe, Goosander (4, 2m, 2f,), Snipe (8), Red Kite.
From Moor Green Lakes we headed over to Hogback Wood near Beaconsfield. Shortly before arrival at Hogback Wood I checked my Birdguides App and you can guess what bird had been seen and where. It was seen only 20 minutes after we had left.
At Hogback Wood we were hoping for Firecrest. What we actually saw was nuffink.
Over to Little Marlow Gravel pits next in search of Caspian Gull. You can guess the result.
By now we were freezing cold and ever so slightly demoralised. As it was after half past three we decided to call it a day.
On the trudge back to the car we decided to visit one more site to try and finish the day on a more positive note. A female Scaup had been seen quite regularly on the Roach Pit at nearby Marlow Gravel Pits. On arrival at the Roach Pit we immediately connected with a female Scaup that was loosely associating with 2 Tufted Duck.


  1. Glad that 'my' Scaup provided a positive finale to your day! Nice blog, maybe see you at Marlow one day.

    1. Hi Raggy thanks for sharing "your" Scaup I believe it is in slightly better plumage now.