Went twitching today in neighbouring county Hertfordshireto the Tring Reservoirs. I started at Startops Reservoir where the 34th county record Snow Bunting seemed elusive. A walk round the lake only produced a couple of Wigeon, a few Tufted Ducks and a congregation of approx. 200 Coots! As I headed back round to the car park dissapointed to miss the Bunting, I was told it had been located and immediately rushed to view it. Feeding very close to the shore, the Snow Bunting last sighted in the county in January 1981 showed beautifully allowing my dad some great shots, I just viewed it through my binoculars. Dad also photographed a GC Grebe and a very very odd Coot. (Photo of Odd Coot Below)
I then headed to Wilstone Reservoir, the biggest Tring Reservoir which holds Shoveler populations of national importance. Bewick's Swans and Brent Geese (which are very scarce inland) had been reported there along with a Water Pipit. I went everywhere trying to locate any of the 3 birds (Without Success stumbling across GC Grebe, Pochard, Wigeon, Moorhen, Coot, Mute Swan, Great Tit, Long-Tailed Tit, Carrion Crow, Jackdaw and Cormorant on the way). Finally, just before I left, I was notified the Brent Goose had showed up by the jetty. Sure enough, the Brent Goose which was about the size of a Mallard was there feeding and swimming around and on the shore. Lapwings, Teal, Mallards and a Grey Heron were also present on/next to the Reservoir.
A Great Day Out!
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