I had a trip to the Queen Mother Reservoir in Berkshire on Sunday. It can be found nestled under the flight path for Heathrow and boasts Windsor Castle as a backdrop. I went to see the American Pipit of course and was not disappointed by views at literally point blank range. The weather was overcast with the odd speckle of rain, but all things considered, not bad. The bird was tending to favour the south side of the reservoir which was a fair walk around from the Sailing Club, but should help to prepare me for January's Foot It challenge!
There was a bonus cast of three Ring-necked Parakeets, two Red Kites and a Common Buzzard to keep everyone entertained, plus a small flock of Siskins around the car park.
It was good to catch up with Andy Walker on the day. You can read his blog here.
I called in at Chenies, Buckinghamshire on the way back round the M25 to catch up with a Great White Egret found alongside the River Chess along with 4 Little Egrets and a Grey Heron. A pair of Green Woodpeckers and a pair of Kestrels were occasionally seen and heard.
Now back to the Christmas festivities...
male Sparrowhawk and male Blackcap
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