Great morning.

Marston stw 22nd Nov 2015.

The scrape was 50% frozen over at 9am this morning. Nothing like a bit of cold weather to get birds moving – there was a goldeneye diving right in front of the hide. It was my first ever here, a first winter drake. It flew off about 2pm.

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Well, that really made my day but then as I made my way along the main track, three geese were sighted, coming from a Northeasterly direction. They appeared very dark, so much so that brent geese crossed my mind. They got closer and the white blaze of white-fronted goose showed. They put down in the grass field off Hougham mill lane, joining 300 greylags. They really were dark looking birds, I soon realised they were of the Greenland race (flavirostris). Brilliant stuff, I’d had whitefronts here before but these were another first. What a morning.

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I headed back for another session after lunch. The geese were still chomping on the lush grass towards dusk. Along the track a stonechat showed. Water rails and cetti’s sang. Lots of birds on Green lane included 100+ linnets, c25 yellowhammers, and c20 redpolls. A flyover raven near the hide at dusk was a nice finale.

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