I can't believe that my last post to this blog was over a year ago. I must have seen some wildlife since then! Anyway, here I am again with a report of a couple of visits to Painshill and the surrounding area.
Firstly, the Goosanders. In the past two winters at least, flocks of usually 8 to 10 Goosanders have visited Painshill Park in Surrey. Yesterday I saw some for the first time this year, but only three males. Today I was there again, and saw only one male. Better luck next time, perhaps.
|Three male Goosander at Painahill, 13th Jan.|
|A male Goosander at Painshill, 14th Jan.|
There were three Great Crested Grebes on the lake yesterday and today; a lone juvenile and a pair. Twice I saw the pair engaging in their little lovey-dovey greeting ritual. None of the serious stand-up-on-the-hind-legs dancing yet though.
|Mr & Mrs G.C. Grebe exchange pleasantries after a short spell apart.|
As always at Painshill, there were plenty of Herons in evidence.
|A Heron waits by the Chinese bridge.|
|A Heron waits for his lunch to arrive.|
After our circuit of Painshill, we went for a short walk down by the cemetary, where we spotted a Little Owl roosting in an Oak tree. I've not seen one of those before. (The owl that is, not the tree.)
|A Little Owl dozes in an Oak tree.|
|The Little Owl watches intently as I edge a little closer.|