Friday, 7 March 2008

Allerthorpe Revisited 3 - Final Visit

Long-tailed Tit (c) 2008 Maurice Gordon

Lesser Redpoll

Marsh Tit

Yet another day with fairly strong, cold winds, but the threatened showers didn’t materialise, and it was quite bright at times. We still managed to see most of the birds we saw on Wednesday with the addition of a Jay (pm only). However, the birds of the day were undoubtedly the flock of now c.50 Lesser Redpolls, which gave us the best views we’d managed all week. In some ways it was a day of firsts: 4 drake Teal sprang vertically from a pool, the first I’ve seen at this site; and in the afternoon the first Curlew I’ve seen here flew over the trees near the pylons. The Long-tailed Tits continued to build their nests – we first spotted this activity on Wednesday; and like Wednesday we had good views of Treecreepers on both sessions. In the afternoon the Marsh Tit on the way back to the car park was another highlight. The pair of Stonechats were present all day – see the first ever post below. I think Jamie was joking when he said the bird of the day for him was a Chaffinch!

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