Sunday, 29 March 2015

Cambridge Holiday day 1: Travelling

We set off down to Cambridge on the Sunday for our Easter family holiday, but traffic was pretty horrific and we did not arrive until 14.00 having set off at 10.30 in the morning. Along the drive down we did see a couple of Red Kites, which was fantastic, as they usually are.
Once we arrived on site we had only a few hours of light left so decided to look at the local nature reserves. First on the list was a small quarry just down from the caravan site, but there was pretty much nothing going on there, the highlight being a small squad of Long-Tailed Tits, but that was about it.
Next we decided to go and have a look at a few lakes that were on the OS map to see if they were up to much. They were further away but we got a few more birds for our travels. There were a couple of Chiffchaffs singing along the edges of the lake and one of them we got a pretty decent view of. There were good numbers of Great-Crested Grebes, as well as a couple of Tufted Ducks. The real highlight though was a large family of Mallard, with around 10 ducklings, my first of the year and very early too I would have thought.

Species List:
Travelling Down: Rook, Red Kite, Common Buzzard, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow, Magpie, Woodpigeon, Pheasant,
Cherry Hinton: Long-Tailed Tit, Mallard, Blue Tit, Jackdaw, Rook, Woodpigeon, Robin, Blackbird, Mallard, Great-Crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Moorhen, Pied Wagtail, Chiffchaff

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