Whilst looking for the three 'bitsers' , a Grey Heron flew in , but after thinking about landing , thought better of it and flew off again , only to be followed out of the woods by a Sparrowhawk . On my way back to the car I passed a mixed Tit flock moving through the trees on the edge of the wood , and amongst the Blue , Great and Long Tailed was a single Marsh Tit . By the time I got back to the car , the temperature was tumbling again , but it had been an enjoyable walk , and even though the ducks were not something special , I must remember to visit again on a clear Winter's day .
I thought at one stage that I saw white plumage , well back in the Willow , and after a while , the three ducks appeared in open water . Once I saw them closer than before , I get the impression that they could well be 'bitsers' , as in bits of this and bits of that . When I saw them at distance the other day on the water , they looked more streaked black on white ground with yellow bills . For a small area of water so close to Bromley , it held these three , 3 Wigeon , 7 Mallard , 20+ Coot , 3 Moorhen , 2 Little Grebe , 2 Greylag Geese , 2 Canada Geese and about 10/15 White farmyard type geese , one pictured here with the Grelags .
By now , I was cold through , so I decided that before warming up , I would go back to Hayes Farm and see if I could get a shot of the white/black ducks . Walking through , I soon found the mixed Finch flock , which seemed to be larger today . Still just as difficult to get close to , as they would let you get so close , then fly off en mass to where you had just come from . I did get a shot of a female Linnet on the ground , but the rest were rubbish . Two male Pheasant were feeding on the remains of the maize crop , and in and around one of the horse paddocks , a flock of about 20/25 Redwings were nervously feeding , and amongst them 3 Song Thrush and several 'foreign' Blackbirds . Another mixed Thrush flock was feeding further along with the free range chickens around a manure heap . I caught one of the Redwings here on a break between sortis to the manure pile . On the path to the Trout Fishery , I was overflown by 8 noisy Rose Ringed Parakeets , and on the ground were large numbers of Woodpigeon and the odd Collared Dove . When I arrived at the Fishery , it was 90% frozen over , with just a small area of open water near a clump of Willows , and not a sign of the ducks I was looking for . But a 'whistle' alerted me to 3 Wigeon , two drakes and one duck , that were not there last time . The two Little Grebe were still present and were happily dive feeding in the open water . Eventually two of the Wigeon came a bit closer , but they were very wary of any movement .