Tuesday, 17 February 2009
LEE VALLEY COUNTRY PARK
Thought I'd take a look at this complex of mature gravel pits near Cheshunt today, the first time I've ever been here! Very impressed I was too. No Bitterns today from the watchpoint at Fishers Green unfortunately, probably too disturbed. Being half term there were a great many visitors in the park today. Musn't grumble though, nice to see people enjoying their local nature reserves. Lots of Smew about and a good selection of other wildfowl including 2 Pintail. This area has a huge number of Alders, with a correspondingly large flock of Siskins roving around, and a few smaller parties of Redpolls. Great views of Water Rail from the Bittern hide too.
5 Smew (2m, 2f Hooks Marsh Lake, 1m Holyfield Lake)
2 Pintail (Hall Marsh Scrape)
4 Goldeneye (2m, 1f Friday Lake, 1m Holyfield)
3 Goosander (1m, 2f Holyfield)
P.S: Why do they call it the River Lee up here and the Lea further down!!??