24th of February 2013.
An early start to the day was due to taking my better half to Heathrow for her flight to Houston – Texas as they have a problem and she was off to help out!
Returning, I decided to take the M40 back instead of the M1. Stopping off at the Watlington junction, I took the back roads to look for Red Kites, I wasn't disappointed as the morning showed up 22 of these graceful birds.
The weather conditions were dull, cold and the light was very dim! I managed few shots; however, the light didn't help!
After a few hours in the Oxfordshire countryside I headed north towards Coventry and eventually arrived at Brandon Marsh at midday.
Recent visits have been good with notables such as Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Bitterns, Barn Owls and this day didn't disappoint either with a Green Winged Teal dropping in to River Pool where it has remained for most of this week!
This dabbling duck originates from North America and seemed to be quite content with whistling and dabbling along with its European counterparts on River Pool. The only downside for watching it was that it stayed searching for food at the far side of the pool, which meant viewing was restricted to binoculars and scopes!
Sadly again the weather put a damper on any record shots, however fellow local birder and blogger Kevin Groocock has a set worth looking at on his blog "Diary of a birding medic".
Other notables seen today were, Bittern, Shelduck, Gadwall, Pochard, Goldeneye, Great Crested Grebe, Water Rail, Ringed Plover, Oystercatcher, Yellow Legged Gull, Kingfisher and a Cetti’s Warbler was seen as well as being heard.