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Kit



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 6:38 pm    Post subject: Attenborough Nature Reserve, Nottingham Reply with quote

We had a brilliant outing today with the Derby RSPB. We went to Attenborough Nature Reserve in Nottingham, where at one point we saw a bittern, a kingfisher, a grey heron and a water rail all at the same point in the river! Shocked Later on there was a smew (such a beautiful duck) and we also saw a red-crested pochard. 42 species in all, a fantastic day. Very Happy

It's great to go out with experienced birders. I see far more than I would on my own, and people are very generous about sharing their knowledge and their scopes. I'm still learning my ducks I'm struggling to get them to 'stick' in my memory at the moment, but I hope they will eventually!

Our species list (including five lifers for me):

Bittern, blackbird, black-headed gull, blue tit, bullfinch, Canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, coal tit, common gull, coot, cormorant, dunnock, Egyptian goose, fieldfare, goldeneye, goldfinch, goosander, great crested grebe, great tit, grey heron, greylag goose, kingfisher, little grebe, long-tailed tit, magpie, mallard, mute swan, moorhen, pochard, red-crested pochard, redwing, reed bunting, robin, smew, teal, tufted duck, water rail, waxwing, wigeon, wood pigeon, wren.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 5:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like you had a thoroughly good time Kit Very Happy and that's a fair species list with five lifers too, congrats Cheers

We could have a competition to see who can get all five correct; here's my guess:

Goldeneye, greylag goose, kingfisher, red-crested pochard and smew?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 05, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, we did we'll probably have to wait a very long time before we have another day like that!

You got four out of five correct. Anyone else for a guess, before I reveal all?

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I changed one at the last minute so if the Kingfisher isn't a lifer and the Egyptian Goose is then I ask that I am allowed to sulk for a short while Laughing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK...the fifth bird was little grebe. I don't know how on earth I'd missed them previously, but I had! There are loads of greylag geese around everywhere in this part of the country, so that was the one from your list that I had seen before. All the others were lifers! Dancing
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 06, 2011 6:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oops, I was posting that at the same tine as you! Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 07, 2011 3:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yey, I'm pretty pleased that I got 4 out of 5 especially seeing as I hadn't changed one that was correct Very Happy
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