|My first sight record of Cetti's Warbler at Staines Moor. The bird was on the|
opposite bank of the Colne so these images are heavily cropped.
|This bird is ringed but unfortunately I couldn't make out the number|
|It was very showy at times and seemed to find the impeccably clean Colne a|
good foraging spot
|Little Egret late afternoon along the Colne|
Overhead, 70 (53S, 13N, 4NW) Fieldfare were logged, 1 Skylark S, and c8 Linnet came in the from the west and landed on the moor. A splash around in the floods produced just 2 Common Snipe (and some prints) and 1m Pheasant. Also seen: 2-3 Short-eared Owls (2 accidentally flushed and another, or one of the same, seen a little later), 1m Stonechat, 3 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1+ Grey Heron and a Red Fox.
|Common Snipe prints in patch of snow on the south flood|
|3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers giving each other hassle!|
On Stanwell Moor 1 Redwing, a few Fieldfare, 1 Pied Wagtail over E and a Water Rail was heard, and at Stanwell Moor Village 1f Siskin in with a Goldfinch flock and 1 Little Egret were noted.
I left the moor at 16:00 as I was freezing by this point. Half an hour later a ringtail Hen Harrier was seen by another birder quartering the moor and catching prey. Hen Harrier is one of the birds I was hoping to find at the moor this winter (along with Long-eared Owl). It seems my run of bad luck continues and I am completely and utterly gutted!
Noted on the way home: 1 Common Buzzard E over M25 near M3 junction, and a Tawny Owl flew E over the A3 just south of Esher junction.
Weather: Overcast (8 oktas), calm a.m. & SE wind freshening p.m., cold (just above freezing).