Very little birding this weekend, though I did manage a brief visit to Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve, a great place near Sevenoaks and run by the Kent Wildlife Trust nowadays. The aim of my brief visit was to see the breeding Egyptian Geese, and their youngsters. I can think of very few birds that could match these 'most pretty' of birds except perhaps Muscovy Duck, or Friarbirds from Australasia, and it seems a shame that what starts off as such a cute gosling can turn into this mismatch of avian evolution,. Having said that, I remember seeing my first 'Gyppo' Geese in Norfolk and screeching to a halt in the car, so overcome with excitement as witnessing these marvels of the Avian World.It surely has got to be one of those birds that has a very appealing reflection, better than the 'real thing'
I saw very little else this weekend bar the LRP's at Sevenoaks showing very well and finally met 'albeit briefly' Josh Jenkins- Shaw in the hide at the reserve. Check out his blog for some great photos and local sightings. http://josh-birdbrain.blogspot.com/
On Saturday morning whilst walking the dog I saw and heard 8 Crossbill flying over Northfleet heading West , part of a recent movement in the UK.