Darts Farm + BGM Viewing Platform + Goatwalk

Viewed 1020-1400Hrs.

What a great start to the new year. Darts Farm looked good for the Pendulines today being sunny and no wind with lots of other birders already on site. Having dipped out so many times there before and only seeing them at distance at BGM did i feel lucky.!!  Well my luck was in at 1115hrs 3 Penduline Tits (2-adults & 1-Juv)  eventually turned up on the reed mace left of the hide and gave great views but quite mobile before moving further around in front the hide around the small tree area. I managed to get some nice digiscope photos but video was a bit more difficult although it was certainly a challenge handholding the compact camera to the eyepiece on the scope and trying to focus as they were too far for my 4x zoom camera on it's own and a bit near to find in the scope just looking at the small camera screen. Everyone else went home happy too.

Also on show was the Black Brant amongst c800 Brent Geese + 2 Egyptian Geese also flew in + 6 Fieldfare in the field + Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen flying over the ponds and a Water Rail + 2 Chiffchaff + Stonechat also around the reeds.

BGM Viewing Platform showed 2 Water Rail in left field along the hedgerow close in just inside the entrance gates  and from the platform + c25 Avocets + c20 Grey Plover + c10 Knot + Greenshank + 3 Red Breasted Mergansers + Kingfisher sat on the rocks near rivermeet house wall  and a Squirrel was sat halfway up a small tree wedged into a branch along the pathway hedgerow just soaking up the good weather and looking without a care in the world.

From the Goatwalk c500 Avocets along the river channel + c150 Brent Geese dropped onto the water flying from Exminster and large numbers of Dunlin scattered around everywhere with good numbers of the usual waders.

A bird of a different nature was flying high over my house at 300+ miles yesterday was the International Space Station which i was able to work through the onboard  packet radio system (RS0ISS). Maybe i can add that to my 2015 year tick list.!! There is a link to the video at bottom of the Penduline Tit video if you are interested.

Link to video of the Penduline Tits:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ff2xYX_OLOk&feature=youtu.be

Kingfisher seen on right pond on the 17-12-2014:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7ID4n0NQWQ

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Penduline Tit at Darts Farm  2-1-2015  11:18hrs
Penduline Tit at Darts Farm 2-1-2015 11:18hrs

Posted January 2nd, 2015 at 8:02 pm by David Boult in Bird News