Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Winter Term - Wednesday 3 - Far Ings

Dapper Cormorant (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Maurice's 'sexy' Pochard (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon - whatever turns you on!
Snipe (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon

The star bird was a Bittern this afternoon, which sat in the open on the bank, but no one took a picture! In the morning 2 Water Rails came to have a look at us in Reedy Hide, but soon scuttled off, singularly unimpressed. Also in the morning we heard what sounded like the call of a Cetti's Warbler. Unfortunately, it didn't sing which would have clinched ID. We had good views of a Willow Tit, a pair of Goldeneye, Redwings & Bullfinches. There was the usual good supply of a wide variety of duck, but we couldn't find the drake Smew, perhaps this has popped over to Welton Water. After a lot of searching we were eventually able to track down at least 3 Snipe from the hide with steps. In more than 10 years of visiting this site I think this was the muddiest I've ever known it - take some wellies!

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