Saturday, 31 January 2009

Winter Term - Friday 3 - Sewerby Beach/Gardens

Mandarin [captive]
Pintail [captive]
Sika Deer [stag]
Record shot comparison of Stock Dove (left) & Woodpigeon (right)
This morning session was the worst attended since the course started. The 2 that did turn up enjoyed the almost 1-2-1 attention. The bird of the morning was a juvenile male Peregrine which swept over us while we were on the beach & headed towards Bridlington. There were most of the usual waders on the beach, but as the tide was on the way out the Sanderling, Purple Sandpiper and Ringed Plovers had dispersed. We had excellent views in the afternoon of at least 3 different Treecreepers, and the Stock Doves; whilst in the morning a Mistle Thrush serenaded the group from the top of a sycamore. We were able to have close views of several duck species in the aviary which we should see further away in their natural habitat later in the term.

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