Tuesday, 15 December 2009

Roe Deer Rodeo

Roe Deer
Rock Pipit
Silhouette of Black-tailed Godwit
Record shot of Hare - just before dusk
The first Roe Deer Rodeo didn't disappoint with well over 15 individual deer seen, some at fairly close quarters. There was a mobile flock of c.300 Fieldfare, which could indicate that they'd recently arrived from Scandinavia. At Stone Creek there were plenty of Redshank, Curlew and single Black-tailed Godwits & Rock Pipits - the 1st time I've seen the latter at this location. I could also hear a Grey Plover on the mud-flats. There were 4 Common Seals basking on the mud, but not as close as the Grey Seals last week. We also saw a Little Egret, Mute Swans and some indistinct ducks - it was pretty dark by then. There were nearly 10,000 Golden Plovers swarming around Paull. The only disappointment was that the Barn Owls which are normally knee-deep round here were noticeable by their absence.

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