Friday, 23 October 2009

Farewell to Normanby

Jay (c) 2009 Richard Hampshire
Red Deer Stag (c) 2009 Pat Crofton
Young Red Deer Stags (c) 2009 David Ware
Another Stag
Fallow Deer - one of each
Fallow Buck
Long-tailed Tit
Fairy Cap?

Our final visit to Normanby had all the usual ingredients. The Red Deer rut seems to be over, but this time the Fallow Deer were growling for the first time. Jays were everywhere as on previous visits, but we did have a few closer views on this occasion. Redpolls flew over a couple of times & Pat C saw some Siskins & Nuthatches. The rest of the group eventually saw a Treecreeper. We had good, if brief, sightings of Green Woodpecker, and a more distant view of a Great Spotted, but their scarcer cousin failed to show. The Bullfinches didn't really play ball this time, but we did have better views of Redwings & Goldcrests. Also present: Mistle Thrush, Pied Wagtail, Jackdaw, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Skylark etc. A very enjoyable venue, especially with exclusive access to areas not normally open to the public.

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