Thursday, 6 March 2008

North Cave Wetlands & Humber Bridge CP

A confiding Goldcrest

Nailed it at last! A male Bullfinch

An aggressive female Bullfinch

Strong winds were forecast for today, so the planned venue had to be abandoned. The morning session took place at North Cave Wetlands, where we found a large local RSPB group had also gathered. Luckily, we set off in opposite directions, so a minimum of falling over each other was achieved! The venue's birds were less active because of the gusty wind - with no Green Woodpeckers, Siskins or Brambling, but a couple of Snipe were a highlight for many. The group were immediately greeted by a flock of c.20 Linnets in the archaeologist’s field; and there were at least 30 Shelduck on the reserve – many more than on Tuesday. We only managed to locate one Ringed Plover from the Turret hide, but this was a favourite sighting for Tessa.

As the afternoon group had been to N. C. Wetlands recently, we met at the Humber Bridge Country Park instead. Unfortunately, only Sue, Liz, Peter & Bill turned up, but they were treated to exceptionally close views of at least 3 Goldcrests. Our patience was also rewarded at the feeding station. We identified a female Bullfinch fairly quickly, and after a reasonably long vigil Bill spotted a male. We waited a while longer without any luck, but as we were leaving we could hear several Bullfinches making their way to the bird tables. Also present were a healthy number of Song Thrushes and a female Kestrel.

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