Monday, 18 May 2009

Getting Started

The morning was dull ,overcast with the threat of rain but relatively mild.
I decided on a quick trip to Par Freshwater Lake before the rain stopped play.

The honour of being the first species to appear on the list falls to the Collared Dove resting in a tree just beyond the car park entrance. Then after that it was a patch tick melee.
Herring Gulls, Crows, Jackdaws, a lone Magpie, Mute Swans twenty plus with three Cygnets, a fast disappearing Moorhen, a large flock of Canada Geese with eighteen goslings being shadowed by six adults, the ubiquitous Mallards and the photographic nightmare of two Pied Wagtails.

Leaving the confines of the Lake I drove up to the rough car park at the end of the site stopping to grab a shot or two of a pair of Song Thrushes busy worming. Also observed were Greenfinches who looked splendid in their coats and a male chaffinch who always seem well groomed.
By the time I reached the rough park the heavens had opened . It was speed for the record with no photographic back up. I had a quick look at the beach and surrounding gorse shrub. The Tide was in and I could not see any activity on the foreshore with the exception of a trio of Swallows sweeping low across the sand and a lone Crow picking at the washed up debris.

Still I returned home happy I had made the start.

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