Walk Report: 18 January 2018 Blashford Lakes

The promised wind and rain had usefully passed through overnight so Adrian and seven members enjoyed reasonable weather for the morning and a magnificent rainbow as we began at the Tern Hide overlooking Ibsley Water.  Unfortunately most of the waterfowl were on the far side but two or three fine Goldeneye were visible along with a number of Goosander and some Pintail.  The seemingly ever increasing number of Cormorants had amongst them the odd Canada and Greylag Goose and a Grey Heron.   

Crossing to the Centre, we next tried Ivy North Hide.  The light was not good and the main birds on the lake were Gadwall and plenty of Coot too.  Finally and most successfully we enjoyed a spell in the Woodland Hide.  Bramblings were easy this morning with a maximum of three or four showing well.  Great Spotted Woodpecker and Reed Bunting visited the feeders and colour was added by the siskin and goldfinches.  There were also plenty of Blue, Great and Long-tailed Tits, lots of Chaffinches, the odd Nuthatch and a solitary Greenfinch. AB


                                     © Richard Coomber