Dip, dip and dip again – 13/xi/13

After a quiet week, a visit to Cosmeston CP was tempting as there was potentially a British tick and a year tick waiting. On arrival, I was told that the Turtle Dove had still been present in the morning, so headed of to the West Paddock to find the bird. On the way I heard the Bearded Tit that had been in the reedbed along the boardwalk, an made a mental note to come back later. On arrival at the West Paddock, there was no sign of the bird and after two hours of searching I still hadn’t found it. I headed back towards the center having missed out on another Turtle Dove in Britain. I briefly looked for the Bearded Tit in the failing light but with no luck and there was no time to search for the Marsh Tit that had been present.

Birds of note that were seen included; 1 Stock Dove over with approx. 200 Wood Pigeon, good numbers of winter thrushes were seen, mainly Redwing but 19 Fieldfares were also present. Four Mistle Thrushes and a Green Woodpecker were also noted in the fields. On the western lake, a single female Pochard was amongst the Tufted Ducks, and a few Great-Crested Grebes were resting there two, but over-all the day was a very disappointing one.

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