Thursday, 12 March 2009

Potty Training

Long-tailed Tit Nest 3/4 complete
At work on nest
Siskin (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Siskin (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
Reed Bunting (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Reed Bunting (c) 2009 Jackie Dawson
Gadwall (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Teal (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
4 drake Gadwall in pursuit of 1 female
Drake Shelduck
Whooper Swans at Paull Holme Strays

Sorry about the punning title, but we were at Potteric, and we were surrounded by trains & people being trained on bird identification! It's not often that the sight of the day is not a bird, but its incomplete nest. We had all the usual suspects today, and again no Bittern. What was different was the change among the birds: the Long-tailed Tit & Treecreeper were nest-building; 4+ drake Gadwall were persecuting a single female, the Shelduck were doing something similar, as were several other species of wildfowl. We also had our first Peacock butterfly of the year. I'd just got back when I had a text informing me about swans at Paull Holme Strays. It's only a 15 minute drive, so was able to confirm the unusual site of 34 Whooper Swans on the filthy mud. I wonder if these are the North Duffield birds, which seem to have left that location? The tide was coming in & they took to the water, so not sure if they'll be there in the morning.

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