Sunday 8th January 2012
Decided to go back to Chew, to try to get some flight shots of the Ring-billed Gull, but light was nowhere near as good as yesterday. Found out that the Spotted Sandpiper had shown really well yesterday, before we looked sadly! Lets have a look. It was showing quite well, so i finally got some shots, not quite as good as i would like, but not too bad at all. It seems to be showing some spots, not sure whether this is usual for winter plumage or not, lets hope its the start of summer plumage, and it stays a couple more weeks or months even!
After the shots i got, the bird flew across the pool, came back, flew over the road and landed on the lake side of the bridge. Went over thinking this should be really good for photos, but the bird went under the bridge and spent a long while under there! Was seen near dusk again, not sure if it was seen inbetween or not? Went back around to Woodford Lodge again. The Gull was sat on the pontoons, looking as though it was fully fed. So i went back to the car. In the car park, there were 4 Bullfinches feeding on some berry bushes. They flew into the top righthand corner of the car park, so we followed. The Bullfinches were feeding on the floor, which i have not seen too often. They were eating Sycamore seeds, not seen that before either! Last thing i had not seen before, were at least 30 Bullfinches together, absolutely brilliant, what beautiful birds!!!