Firstly , I've been pleased to read three reports of Slavonian Grebe sightings in the area around the Bittern viewpoint at Castle Water , Rye , the area where I got a very quick glimpse of such a bird on my last visit there , so reasonable to say that my brief sighting and ID was correct .
Last Friday in a lull in the rain , I made a visit to Bough Beech Reservoir , but due to the amount of water that has been pumped in , I have never seen it so full , the only sightings were a few Tufted Duck on the North Lake and 3 Pochard , 1 Cormorant and 1 GCGrebe on the main reservoir . I'm sure that there were other birds there , but the water being now right into the surrounding vegetation and trees , new feeding and resting areas mean that they can stay out of sight from anyone on the causeway . A quick look around the feeders and the orchard didn't turn up anything out of the ordinary , even the fallen apples had only attracted a handful of Fieldfares . So , I decided to move on to some feeders in woodland a couple of miles away , that were last year covered in Siskins , but like other places , very few have turned up this year . Great and Blue Tits made up the majority of visitors to the feeders , but every now and again , other species turned up like ,
This morning , I headed for Sevenoaks Reserve , hoping for a bit more of that sunshine , but all I got was grey skies and rain . Once again , I've never seen the water level so high , with hardly a single island showing from Tyler Hide , which I just made before the first of the many showers whilst on
And finally , although still not yet halfway through February , the male Hazel catkins are already open and releasing their pollen , and to receive it , the red female flowers are fully open , ready to be
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