It was, however, a glorious morning - the predicted fog failing to materialise. So birding the canal became the main event, the fishing being little more than a joke! I recorded six Little Egret, 2 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, the red-head Goosander, 2 Treecreeper, 1 Yellowhammer, 5 Fieldfare and a Merlin - not bad for a pike session. By 10.30 hrs I'd had enough - packing up was rather slow due to my hands being numb. The wind had started to pick up and wet hands quickly chilled. My long walk back to the car was enlivened by bumping into Brian Harper, who was standing in a gateway scoping a Little Owl. The conversation was pleasant, including confirmation of my gut feeling that the "grey geese" I'd seen on Sunday were, indeed, White-fronts.
The drive home was far safer than the outward journey, temperatures had risen to well above zero and the roads were drying nicely. Two Common Buzzards were noted, within the Thanet boundary, as I drove along the new by-pass, my only sighting of the day. I unloaded the car and was in the back garden putting my, un-used, bait back into the freezer when I spotted a Chiffchaff in our buddlieas. I grabbed my camera from my fishing bag, fitted the long lens and returned. Happily I managed a few shots in the bright sunshine - a good garden record for December.
|It is a bit surreal - Brian and I were chatting about the scarcity of Chiffchaffs at the western end of the|
RMC, he'd seen one on a previous visit. To discover one in my back garden was a real bonus.
I put it on my current headgear, it really looks the part. I might look a complete twat, when I'm wearing it, but my head stays warm and the badges, Bev has sown on, speak volumes about the guy below.
|There won't be too many of these badges still in existence?|
I will wear it with pride - another symbol of my angling heritage.