Wednesday, 26 March 2008

Far Ings & Waters' Edge

Coltsfoot - standing in for a Chiffchaff!
Ruddy Duck aggression
Ruddy Duck Display
Ruddy Duck - blowing bubbles from breast feathers!
Tree Sparrow
Tree Sparrows
Blue Tit (male)
Bullfinch (male)
Greenfinch (male)
Reed Bunting (male)
Reed Bunting (female)
Little Grebe

A return visit to Far Ings in overcast conditions with a little light drizzle at times. The first real sign of Spring today – a singing Chiffchaff. I didn’t see it, so no photo, but the pic of the Coltsfoot helps to symbolise Spring’s arrival! It was very quiet, so I had most of the hides to myself, and many of the birds were similar to those of last week, but some of the photos are better including the belligerent male Ruddy Ducks. The passerines were taken around the feeding station, apart from the Reed Buntings which were directly under the Main Hide, and the Bullfinches feeding next to Reedy Hide. The Bittern didn’t boom or appear whilst I was there. I went on to Waters’ Edge in the afternoon, but there was no sign of the Redpolls or Siskins we saw in February. The Kingfisher was very vocal but elusive. The Coltsfoot photo was taken at this site, but represents only a small percentage of this species in flower there.

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