Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Plastic Pinkies

Pink-footed Geese (c) 2009 Chris Cox
Pink-footed Goose (c) 2009 John Batham
Mute Swan (c) 2009 John Batham
Song Thrush (c) 2009 Chris Cox
Goldeneye (c) 2009 Chris Cox
Goldeneye (c) 2009 John Batham
Sweet Violets (c) 2009 Chris Cox

The Tuesday am sessions finished last week, but the Tues pm session to Hornsea was abandoned a couple of weeks ago because of a dodgy weather forecast which didn't materialise! There was more Great Spotted Woodpecker action today, but no sign of its Green cousin or the more secretive Jay. The violets were almost prolific & the Pink-footed Geese gave good views at the mere. Unfortunately, I'm not convinced these were genuine wild birds as they ran for bread with the other wildfowl, although they did seem to hang around the peripherary of the group. There was no sign of the pinioned Garganey, but some confiding Treecreepers provided some excellent views at Wassand. The winds were very light in the warm hazy sunshine, but there were no sightings of the 7 Buzzards seen a few weeks ago, and a Kestrel was the only raptor spotted. That's the final class visit to Hornsea this year, unless something really exciting turns up, and all planned sessions are abandoned - not a very likely circumstance!

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