Today I went to College Lake, a local wildlife trust reserve. When I arrived at the main hide there was seemingly nothing to see with only a few ducks and lots of Canada Geese on show. However I managed to find a single Lapwing that had obviously been left behind when the others had moved on to another area. When I came out of the hide I noticed a flock of fieldfare in a distant tree, pictured below (Please click on images for a larger view)
I then had a look at the gulls present on the water, I couldn’t find the lesser blacked backed and the herring gulls I had been looking for but did manage to spot the Black-headed and Common gulls – not so easy when they are in winter plumage. I was astonished to also see a peregrine in the distance.
Later on I reached the ‘Tump hide’, a hide situated overlooking a field that in summer is overwelmed with a huge variety of wildflowers. At first glance the field seemed to have no birdlife in however I persevered and managed to see a flock of linnet and skylarks singing.
I also noticed a female kestrel hovering way in front of me, she perched on a post in the distance which allowed me to have a look through my scope. Next thing I know she flew towards me and hovered briefly before diving into the grass. Although this was a brief encounter it was an amazing experience of a beautiful bird. I am quite happy with the first photo I managed to take here.