Having failed to take any shots at all at Marsh Lane on Monday morning and again at Brandon Marsh on Tuesday afternoon I was only too pleased to meet up with Kath on Wednesday morning at Whitacre Heath.We were hoping to get some shots of Siskins and Redpolls both of which had eluded us this year.The car park was empty so we had the place to ourselves.
We had to negotiate the muddy path before we could enter the feeder hide and this is no easy feat because the mud there is the stickiest mud in the world and is like walking through superglue which grabs at your wellies and won't let go!!!!
So how did we do? Well we didn't see any Siskins and the Redpolls didn't turn up while we were there so we had to make do with getting shots of the commoner Tits and Finches etc.The best birds we saw were a couple of Coal Tits and a lone Willow Tit .A Sparrowhawk wizzed through but did not stay and a GS Woodpecker paid an occasional visit but that was all.Quite a pleasant 2 hours but disappointing not to get some shots of Siskins and Redpolls.
I then called in at Marsh Lane because the Barn Owl had been posing for shots near the Oak hide the afternoon before landing under the Oak feeders at one stage.Did it turn up for me?No I'm afraid not.
I also searched the reeds on the causeway for the Bittern but again failed. Mind you I didn't search for long as I've developed "Reedeye" which is not pleasant and is due to endlessly searching reeds for Bitterns.This causes you to see reeds when you close your eyes!!!!!