Birding abroad

So, I managed to find temporary internet access.  Although the purpose of this trip is not one of birding we have just wangled a couple of hours walking around a new and developing RSPB reserve based on a large series of flooded gravel pits between Fenstanton and Fen Drayton in Cambridgeshire. 

Find out more at http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/f/fendraytonlakes/index.asp  

Birds apart, the Blackthorne flowers were stunning on the bushes … anyway, some excellent and therapeutic birding was enjoyed which, were it have been based at home would certainly have qualified as a Bigby walk.

 We saw …

Long-tailed Tit, Wren, Great Tit, Chaffinch, Tern, Mute Swan, Oysetrcatcher, Lapwing, Cormorant, Mallard, Coot, Tufted Duck, Crow, Magpie, Robin, Blackbird, Great Crested Grebe, Heron, Canada Goose, Greylag Goose, Jay, Moorhen, Reed Bunting, Great Black-backed Gull, Skylark, Pochard (very similar to a Red-headed Duck chez nous), Eurasian Wigeon … and some Warblery birds we finally saw enough of to pin down as Willow Warblers.

A couple of days earler in Yorkshire, Magpies were everywhere together with omnipresent Blue Tits.  A Kestrel was seen from the railway train.

More later if I get the chance – certainly some distant photographs once we return to Canada.

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