5th January 2014 - Wilstone Reservoir and Steeple Claydon

Water Pipit and Little Stint were the targets for today and, unsurprisingly, we didn't see them.  I wouldn't have been out in that weather either if I was sensible.  Golden Plover numbered about 50 and were huddled together on the bank in amongst Lapwing and Cormorant.  The Pochard were looking good and after scanning the water we spotted over 100 Wigeon on the far side.  Redwing and Fieldfare were flocking by the car park and I put my Grey Wagtail radar to good use, finding one just metres away on a small stream.

Pochard

We then headed up to Steeple Claydon hoping to arrive before it was dark and find the Cattle Egret.  It was surprisingly easy to find, standing in the middle of a field by a farmhouse, much reminiscent of the Glossy Ibis from Radipole the week before.  It was very pretty, but with the fading light I'm afraid I didn't get the best of photos.  

Cattle Egret


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