Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Let me know when that tide's coming in won't you

Saturday, 4 January 2020

The 2020 Year List begins.

Happy New Year to you all!! I hope 2020 is a good one.

I made the most of a day off and made a very good start to my 2020 year list. I set off before sunrise and headed towards the Lake District in order to tick off a lifer in the form of a Ring-necked Duck.
I knew it was on Pine Lakes, and on arrival my heart sank when I saw how vast the lake was. The sun was only just coming up and so it was not easy. It turned out that it was mixing with a group of Greater Scaup. A good start to the day.

The first sunrise of the decade.

The Ring-necked Duck second from left, smaller than the Scaup.

Ring-necked Duck left of the top three birds.

I moved on to an area called Eagland Hill, where a Purple Heron had been for a few weeks, and had frustrated me that I couldn't get along to see it. Thankfully, it put on a very good show and was easy to observe from the roadside. Two lifers in a day is always a good thing, but on the first day of the year was very exciting. I ended the day with 65 birds on the list.
 




 

9 comments:

  1. Hello. Congratulations on seeing Purple Heron and Ring-necked Duck! Happy New year!

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  2. Hello, congrats on your sightings. I did not know there even was a Purple Heron. I have seen the Ring-necked Duck here. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week ahead.

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  3. 65 birds in one day...that is totally magical!! And thanks for bringing them to our attention this week, at I'd Rather B Birdin

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  4. What a great way to start your year.

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  5. Wow, that's a lot of birds! They certainly are beautiful.

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  6. Looks like a wonderful birding experience!

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  7. 65 birds!!! WOW! How awesome!

    Happy Tuesday!

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  8. You've captured some wonderful shots of these birds.

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  9. How wonderful! Have a great week!

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