Friday, 27 February 2009

Not so Duff Field

Pintail (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Treecreeper (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Tufted Duck (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Tufted Ducks (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Long-tailed Tit (c) Vince Cowell
King Alfred's Cakes (c) 2009 Vince Cowell
Marsh Harrier (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Tree Sparrow (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
North Duffield looking towards Aughton
Actually, most of the fields in the area were under water. The bird of the morning was probably the bird of prey I’m not supposed to mention (Peregrine!) which patrolled every area of water, spooking all the Pintail (6 drakes), Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, c.30 Curlew, Golden Plover & Lapwing. We had a good view of a Treecreeper in the morning - rather a surprise as trees are sparse at this location, plus Long-tailed Tits and Reed Buntings, but the usual Bullfinches & Yellowhammers were absent. We went to Bubwith Bridge to look for Whooper Swans, but it was only on the way back after the rest of the morning crew had gone, that 2 of us spotted c30 in some fields with c20 Mute Swans. The afternoon was quieter although a Marsh Harrier flew low over the site – it only had a moderate effect on the wildfowl in comparison with the first raptor. This is usually a very bleak location at this time of year, so it was nice to find it almost balmy!

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