Saturday, 18 April 2009

Private Visit

Meadow Pipit
I was asked last year to lead a birdwatching walk on private land by a landowner in Holderness, and today was the date agreed. The bird we saw the clearest was a Meadow Pipit, on the wires right at the commencement of the walk. However, I think the distant Cuckoo we could hear was more memorable for everyone - being the first of the year. There were at least 4 Lesser Whitethroats on the land, plus my first Sedge Warbler of the spring. Also present: Tufted Duck, Linnet, Oystercatcher, Curlew, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Willow Warbler, Reed Bunting, Skylark, Long-tailed, Blue & Great Tits, Pheasant, Greylag Goose & Canada Goose. The site would probably have yielded more birds if the sun had been out, and if there hadn't been such a cold wind; but the classes will be going there in the next 4 weeks, so I hope to be able to report better views of our summer visitors then.

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