There were 2 Common Sandpipers
wintering on the River Severn at Leighton in the glorious sunshine during the morning
along with a pair of Mandarin and 30 Goosanders.A look at Venus Pool in the afternoon then
produced good views of the long staying drake Green-winged Teal (a Venus Pool and Shropshire tick!) together with
good numbers of wildfowl crowded round the small area of unfrozen water
including 365 Teal (a record count
for me here), 52 Shoveler, 40 Wigeon, 50 Mallard, 3 Shelduck and a single drake
Record shots of the Green-winged Teal; it never came very close
Another Windermere ringed Canada Goose was also present
This is going to be one long list; below is the final year's ringing totals for the spring and autumn campaigns (I wasn't there for the spring!). An awesome total of 19,296 birds were caught during the year (March - November), here we go....
Just before catching the ferry back to Harwich I had a couple of hours to walk along the big breakwater at Hook of Holland where there were good numbers of very confiding Purple Sandpipers and Turnstones.
and some of the ridiculously tame Herons in the park at Amsterdam
Next up was a couple of days in Amsterdam where a couple of morning strolls through Vondalpark in the city centre produced many many noisy Ring-necked Parakeets, quite a few really (surprisingly so) tame and confiding Herons and a couple of (presumably) locally colour ringed Coots.
The second stop on the journey back consisted of a couple of nights in Hamburg; the parks running north - south through the middle of the city were quite productive really as I managed 40 species in two morning visits. The highlights were good numbers of Short-toed Treecreepers and a flock of 4 Hawfinches along with other birds including Kingfisher, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Blackcap and Brambling along with a good haul of colour ringed Black-headed Gulls (more of which later). Many tame and confiding Red Squirrels (of varying reddish hues) were also a highlight.
The next stop was one night in Bremen but this was much quieter for birding with the only things of note being a Polish ringed Black-headed Gull and 600+ White-fronted Geese heading SW very high over the city during a couple of hours in the morning of the 24th.
Smart 'black' Red Squirrel; don't think I've seen one this colour before!