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Old Sunday 14th January 2018, 20:17   #801
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First light this morning I did the Woodbrook, Bourn, River Rea, Bournbrook run, just under 10 miles.
The highlights were a Kingfisher on the River Rea with a Little Egret further along.
A few Herons on the river.
No Kingfisher on the Bournbrook but I didn't hang about.
A Bullfinch at the Dental Hospital and a Grey Wagtail by the QE roundabout.
Great!
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I thought it was going to be a no show this afternoon. A Grey Wagtail flew in fast on the lower Bourn Brook. Then just as I was leaving I heard a Kingfisher calling really loudly. It was just by Harbourne Lane bridge. Then it called again and I could just see it. Great!
(In Northern Germany this week on a works business trip there was a Goosander & Heron on a lake)
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9am - Kingfisher on the Bourn, sat on a low branch over the stream by the pedestrian bridge just east of the boating lake. No sign of a Heron at the outflow.

My first Kingfisher of the year, species no. 82

Also a Siskin in the oak tree at the end of our garden around 11am. That's a once/twice a year bird for us.
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Also a Siskin in the oak tree at the end of our garden around 11am. That's a once/twice a year bird for us.
Turned out the single Siskin was a precursor to the gradual evolution of a large flock of Goldfinch, Siskin and a single Lesser Redpoll, which spent the afternoon touring our and neighbouring gardens. At one point we had four Siskins and a Goldcrest on the feeders, being harassed by several territorial Blue Tits.

The other highlight was a solitary Fieldfare - species no. 83 for the year.
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9am - Kingfisher on the Bourn, sat on a low branch over the stream by the pedestrian bridge just east of the boating lake. No sign of a Heron at the outflow.

My first Kingfisher of the year, species no. 82

Also a Siskin in the oak tree at the end of our garden around 11am. That's a once/twice a year bird for us.
Hi Rob. Yes I saw the Bourn Kingfisher not long before you.
You had an impressive garden bird list today!
Late afternoon I found the Bourn Brook Kingfisher on the upper walkway by a small pool.
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It was still pretty dark at 8.00 this morning.
When I got to the Bourn past the pond I just could make out the Kingfisher sitting on a branch over the inlet pipe.
It was motionless in the zone but I was not sure it was the Kingfisher or dead leaves on the branch.
So I took a closer look and could see it's beak and could just make out the blue strip.
It confirmed it was a Kingfisher when it dived in the brook and flew to another branch. Great!
There was a Mistle Thrush clicking overhead. The Heron was by the pond outflow.
When I got home there was a Mistle Thrush clicking on next doors TV aerial.

Later in the day I could see a Goldcrest feeding in my garden pine tree then it flew up to my oak tree and there were a couple more.
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