Friday, 12 December 2014

Is it as dull where you are?

Very few Bramblings. Hardly any Redpolls or Siskins. No Waxwings and certainly no white-winged gulls. And there are no flocks of Hawfinches in that special valley. To be honest, on a local level  it is all a bit dreary. The thrush flocks are of a medium size, the Chaffinch and Linnet flocks are very ordinary and nothing to get the pulse racing is flying over. I always hope for a garden Goosander (overhead, not on the pond, that is just about the same size as the sawbill) or a trickle of Golden Plover, but even such modest winter expectations are not being met. It could all be a different tale within a few weeks, but at the moment the birding is utterly predictable.

4 comments:

  1. Could be the lull before the 'weather bomb'

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  2. Ah yes, the December doldrums, happens every year about this time, coinciding with the consumer frenzy that is the run in to ******mas (I just cannot bring myself to type the dreaded word). Even the sawbills have deserted us down here at Dungeness, where we`re reduced to checking through the Laridae for a Caspo. Fun stuff a, still, I`m off to see the final instalment of the Hobbit soon at Chavford, so that should buck me up, and you never know, might find a Waxo on the retail park bushes... or perhaps a Roughie on the Marsh en-route, unsure why I`ve slipped into colloquial mode...anyhow...rambling now...need more tea...then we`re off over the pits once the gloom lifts, to check the ducks...merry...solstice...and here`s to a happy `bird bomb` on NYDay.

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  3. Thanks for the comments chaps. For us inlanders, let's hope that it gets a bit more lively soon. As for Paul, he just has to put up with Cattle Egrets, Great White Egrets, Bitterns, Caspian Gulls... :-)

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