Wednesday, 27 December 2017
Christmas birding at Cymisfael stream
On Friday 22nd by Newbury by the M4 a Red Kite flew over the road. On Christmas day, early afternoon it was overcast and a windy but I did see a Sparrowhawk circling around the meadow, 3 Redwing flew from amn alder tree and heard Dipper by the stream. Boxing Day, was much better early morning, with up to 5 Nuthatches countering away, showing on branches by the stream but not quite well enough to photograph, 5 calling Redwings flew over the road and walking back a Buzzard spied perched in a distant tree. By the flooded meadow, I could hear a Water Rail squealing from a nearby dyke. Although the field was too flooded to investigate further. By the bridge by the stream, I heard Dippers again and was about to stalk them, when a lorry went roaring past along the road it flushed them and they 2 Dippers flew down stream and past me. A Goldcrest flitted around the vegetation by the bridge. Finally a Grey Wagtail was seen flitting around the sides of the stream.