Monday, 9 February 2015

RSPB Fowlmere & Wicken Fen

Thursday (29th), we headed up to visit RSPB Fowlmere after having bit of a google on reserves we hadn't visited yet. Reviews said that this was a pretty nice place so we ear marked it, hopped in the car and headed up there, it a little over an hours drive for us.

When we got there, there was a considerable amount of noise, turns out they were doing reed maintenance work, which in turn meant that there was pretty much nothing out there to see! My first spots of the day were a Great tit and a Treecreeper near the car park.

We walked around stopping in each hide, spotting only a Black bird and a Chaffinch along the way.
We eventually found the main source of all the noise, which was right next to another hide, we popped in for a look and all we could see was a Mute swan and some Greylag geese. The last hide we stopped in was in front of some reeds. There were a group of Mallards flying around, and a very cute and charismatic Kestrel sat in a tree.

Mute Swan

Greylag Geese

Kestrel

Feeling a little underwhelmed that we had driven an hour up to Cambridgeshire and only seen a few birds we decided we would try out luck out at Wicken Fen a National trust site, we had read quite a good few things about this site and we weren't disappointed. After a nice little sit on one of the hides that had feeders and getting some nice shots of some woodland birds we took a walk around the board walk. We found 2 pairs of Bullfinch and after a much longer walk around the rest of the reserve we were treated to an amazing view of a Barn Owl out hunting in the early evening.

 Blue Tit

Longtail Tit

Female Bullfinch


Barn Owl