Siskin (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
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.