Cambridgeshire (and Welney)

I arrived at Deboo towers for a Days birding with Dave & Joy. Our first stop was the Ouse Washes where we joined for the morning by Birdforum member HelenElizabeth2 (hello, very nice to meet you). On the way to the washes we had Grey and Red Legged Partridge as well as Corn Bunting.

Although nothing “rare” about we had some very nice birds. From the “visitors centre” we had Brambling (3), Yellowhammer, Tree Sparrow and Stock Dove. The reserve was very flooded so we only went to the Welches Dam hide, I was rather chuffed to spot a brief view of a Barn Owl on route. At the hide there were Meadow Pipit and the Dave found us two Water Pipits!

On to Welney via the indirect route as the road was flooded. We soon nabbed the 6 Bean Geese. HE2 left us for family duties and the 3 of us popped into the reserve for Whooper Swans and a female Pochard. The rather nice nice Tufty/Pochard hybrid is back I see. Not much else about though. After Brunch we went to Needingworth to twitch an American Wigeon which played hard to get. We also tried various bith of Fen Drayton to find a Smew to wind HE2 up with no luck!

I think the group managed 68 birds of which I saw 64 (12 of which were new for the year).

We popped in to a pub in Over which was out of food so had to settle for crisps!! Boo hiss!! But the owner came out and offered to do us sarnies which was rather nice of him. The accompaning chips were rather nice.


4 comments so far

  1. C on


    Sounds like a good day!!

    Just to say I was looking to see which birds you had seen this year and i hadn’t – not difficult!!
    But you have Green Sandpiper down twice..53 and 63 on your list.

    You have 35 species that I havent seen but I can say
    RLBuzzard, Hen Harrier and Ring billed Gull!!

  2. thequacksoflife on

    Oh yeah doh!! I had missed Whooper Swan off so no problem!

    I don’t really expect to get above 200. My holidays aren’t exactly targetted at birding hotspots. I may struggle with Puffin this year for instance!

    The trip at the weekend was only my second trip away from home for birding.

  3. C on

    Just checked again you have 41 birds- I havent seen this year and I have 12 you havent seen!

    How do you put the tabs up its a great idea and I’d like to borrow it?

    I have tried but no help from blogger!!


  4. thequacksoflife on

    you can do it in blogger

    but don’t know how. I know you can do it down the side, you add a page element of type lists.

    On wordpress it depends on your template I think. Feel free to nick it. I prefer blogger personally.

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