Friday, 14 March 2008

Pulfin Bog

Bird of the Day! (c) 2007 Maurice Gordon
The weather forecasters let us down yet again when we were hit by a wind speed of about 20+ mph this morning. I wouldn’t normally visit this venue at this time of year if winds of more than 15 mph are forecast – last night 12mph was quoted. I’m afraid a pattern is starting to emerge... The birds weren’t very exciting either, which didn’t help the end of term blues! However, the best bird for both sessions was the Kingfisher – at least 2 were thought to be present. Lucie tries to learn one new species a week – and today it was the Wigeon (80). They can be seen in the photo below ensuring they didn’t obscure the farmhouse! Other wintering wildfowl included Teal, Mallard, Greylag & Canada Geese, but no Slavonian Grebe or Whooper Swans which we’d seen in previous years. The resident Water Rail & Treecreeper were also notable for their absence, but we did identify 2 Fieldfare (am), 30+ Curlew, 6+ Redshank, a Snipe (pm), Skylark, Reed Buntings, 4 Pied Wagtails, and a male Kestrel (identified by Elaine). Not a venue we’ll be rushing to revisit in a hurry! Apologies for the quality of the pictures below!
A Farmhouse surrounded by Wigeon
Record only shot of Fieldfare
Rook silhouette

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