Sunday 12 February 2012

North Staffs Again

The truth is I really didn't fancy driving yesterday so opted for Tittersworth & surrounding area. The Dippers were at Dane Bridge and luckily off the bridge as the path was dangerous with the sheet ice coating. Fieldfares, Redwings and our resident thrushes were feeding in many fields what the hell on as the surfaces were like ice rinks. A single female Brambling showed near horton with a dozen Chaffinches. Tittersworth like most of the water in the area was solid so ducks were hard to come by, Teal, Tufty, Mallard & Great Crested Grebe were the only ones I could pick out near the dam. With a bucket full of bird goodies I topped up the near empty feeders at the hide and sat back for a couple of hours in comfort. Redpolls, Greenfinches Chaffinches common Tits and Willow all took advantage as did Reed Buntings Nuthatch, Great spotted Woodpecker, Robins Dunnocks & other garden species. A quick trip to the moors as expected revealed very little on the bird front but the grass looked impressive covered in a coating of ice.

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