After a reasonable day yesterday , working up on the Common , where I saw my first Queen Wasp of the year and a Buff-tailed Bumblebee , and Carol had a Red Admiral in the garden , today was cloudier but still mild . I set just one target species for the day , having failed to see it at Mote Park recently , I headed for New Hythe , the patch of Phil / Sharp by Nature , to see if I could make contact with the Smew that he saw there recently . Arriving just after 0830 and parking in Brooklands car park , I set off around Brooklands Lake . A good scan from one of the fishing platforms told me that the Smew were not on this lake . I did however catch a raft of about 20
two birds . I rang Phil to tell him the new position , but before he got there , the two birds flew off again , probably over Phil's head , heading for Brooklands Lake . When I finally met up with Phil , he was not alone , he had obviously brought a 'minder' with him , a chap he referred to as 'Uncle John' , but I'm sure that was just cover . From that side of the lake the digger with it's light was plain to see , so understandable why the timid birds flew off . After a chat , we split up , Phil and his 'minder/Uncle' heading for streamside over the railway , whilst I headed back to Brooklands to see if any of the birds landed there . They hadn't , but whilst passing , I managed a distant shot of the
Another text to and from Phil , and I was heading down to the Water Works entrance , ignoring the Bittern viewpoint , for the time being , and heading for the East Scrub area . Once there , I tried to get around Johnsons Lake , but wasn't sure how to . I had got around to the houses , but couldn't get any further , so came back again . I was just taking a blow , watching a mixed flock of Goldfinches and Siskins on an Alder , when a whistle announced the arrival of Phil and his heavy . They had spent the time trying to get near the bird , but had found it very difficult . They headed off back to the car park and I decided to have a try for the birds , now Phil had told me how to get around the lake . I
Can we just forget about that branch falling ?
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