Welcome to my blog. If you live in Surrey and birding is your obsession (to get out of bed at some ridiculously early time of the morning, no matter what the weather, to go and look at birds isn't normal behaviour, believe me) and you're still a bit of a novice (like me) then, hopefully, this blog is for you.

Wednesday 5 January 2011


I took a quick walk around part of the Holmethorpe Sand Pits complex - my local patch - at lunchtime, and picked up the three female Smew that were happily bobbing along on Mercers West lake, along with more than 300 Lapwings, plenty of Teal and Gadwall, and an assortment of gulls. A Shelduck was also on neighbouring Spynes Mere.

On the walk back I had a Kingfisher fly from the Fordbridge near the Water Colour Lagoons housing development over to Mercers Lake, and my visit was finished off with another look at eight Waxwings, which later turned into more than 30, that are still feasting on an apple tree at the back of a house on Frenches Road, just 50 yards from where I live. For an hour's sojourn, I couldn't ask for more, really.

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