22 Jan 2012

Staying close to home.

An eventful week culminated  in Jan & I becoming Grandparents for the first time when our daughter Amy gave birth to her little girl, Elizabeth Rose, in Australia on Thursday. Fantastic news and we are so proud of her. Somehow I knackered my knee and had to back out of the weekends planned cannon netting for waders in N Wales. Instead I spent a good day being ferried around by Mark Payne birding local sights.

First stop was Sandbach in the hope of seeing the Green-winged Teal that had been seen. Unfortunately after a shed load of rain the Elton Hall Flash was flooded and all the teal were sheltering in the flooded scrubby woodland and we couldn't locate it.

There were plenty of other things to see though with Tree Sparrows amongst the best! Just a shame the weather was so bad for photography.

Next stop was Marbury - Marks local patch where we were hoping to find a Willow Tit. Again no luck but plenty of activity around the car park and bird feeders kept us amused and there was the added benefit of seeing the two regular roosting Tawny Owls.

A great days birding - nothing spectacular but a good variety of commoner species.

Sunday dawned windy and showery so with the tides not being conducive to a trip across to Hilbre and plenty of chores to do the day was spent pottering (limping) around at home although a bit of excitement was provided when the local corvids chased off one of the local Buzzards.

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