A picture catch up on three recent outings .
At Kelsey Park in Beckenham , the Nuthatch was still guarding it's nest hole , whilst calling .
The pair of Egyptian Goose were noisily claiming squatter's rights over the old Grey Heron nest used by a Greylag pair last year .
Much to the annoyance of a pair of GH , nesting just a couple of metres above .
Still around with a Greylag mate , the Canada / Greylag hybrid .
The second visit was to a chilly Sevenoaks Reserve , where apart from the juvenile White Ibis , the other interest was a drake Goosander that managed to be on the opposite side of the East Lake to
where I was standing , until whilst in Sutton Hide and about to give up , it lifted off the water over by
the clay spit and gave a fly by , before landing down at the far end of the lake .
A single drake Shellduck seen from Tyler hide along with 5 Common Snipe .
Good numbers of Scarlet Elf Cup / Sarcoscypha coccinea , one of my favourite fungi , were found ,
showing well against the moss covered wood that they were growing on .
Only other interest , the remains of a meal on the dining table of a raptor . I could only take a shot at distance , but would have been interested to get closer and look at the wing feathers , especially given the talons , which I didn't spot till I got home .
The third visit was to the small reserve with the feeders in the woods , where the Bank Voles put on a
good show as usual .
Also around , this cock Pheasant that was cleaning up under the feeders , within 3 metres .
My second and probably the same male Siskin that I saw on a previous visit , as only one has been
recorded this Winter .
Lots of Tits as usual , but only 1/2 Marsh Tits , but plenty of Coal Tit visits .
On the way home along the A25 , 2 Common Buzzards were soaring majestically overhead . I
managed to stop and get a few shots before they drifted off towards Sevenoaks .