Glen was over this lunchtime and had two Teal, twenty Goosander (7M 13F), five Wigeon and five Shoveler (4M 1F) as well as the two Oystercatcher. He also commented on how at least five Skylark were battling against the winds to display - That's a message for you Ray! (he hasn't seen any so far this year, they keep dodging him)!
A big thank you to everyone who has recommended bird table live cams to keep me entertained. I am currently following the Cornell lab cam in Ontario for a change of seen. Masses of Mealy Redpolls on the feeder until dusk and if you are sharp, every now and then you will pick out a shorter billed bird with un-streaked white flanks and that is an Arctic Redpoll (there were two last night).
You may get occasional glimpses of Blue Jay and Black Capped Chickadee as well but the stars though have to be the Grossbeaks, Pine Grosbeak and Evening Grosbeak as you will see from the photos.
Good stuff this webcam birding - I am managing to study the plumage of Redpolls with much more ease than I can when watching them in the wild and I suspect that over the years I have actually seen a fair few more Arctic Redpoll than I thought I had (some of them are very subtle) - Chaz
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