1 January 2013
New year, same rubbish Surrey birding
With the weather forecast to be sunny and calm at last, Rachel and I decided on a walk around Thursley Common today instead of Staines Moor (a huge mistake). After being stuck indoors ill for the last 7 days I was really keen to get out birding, however, in typical piss poor Surrey birding fashion, Thursley produced basically f*** all, what we did see showed very poorly, and absolutely nothing was interested in posing for the camera. Our New Years Day tally ended on 1 Great Grey Shrike (seen very distantly for between 1-2 seconds before vanishing into thin air and not being seen again in a two hour search), 12 Stonechat, 2 Common Buzzard, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Meadow Pipit, 2 Jay and Carrion Crow. Dartford Warbler and Siskin were both heard. If this wasn't exciting enough, the backdrop of hoards of dog walkers and screaming kids everywhere means that I am now totally enthused for another year birding in Surrey.