Wednesday, 20 January 2010

More Urban Birds

Goosanders (c) 2010 Vince Cowell All remaining pictures taken from the vantage point of a free East Park mobility Scooter!
(c) 2010 Mike Williamson
Tufted Duck [female] Tufted Duck [drake]
Pochard [drake]
Shoveler [drake]
Rhea - bit easier to get closer shots!
There didn’t seem any point going to Blacktoft Sands, as their own website admits there are very few birds there at the moment. Birds were guaranteed at East Park, so we went there instead! The bird of the day was probably a flying Lesser Redpoll, but I don’t think anyone else managed to get on to the bird before it disappeared. Again, we had excellent close views of the Goosanders, which now numbered 17. There were also super views of the usual suspects: Shoveler, Pochard &Tufted Duck . There was no sign of last week’s Wigeon, but new birds included: Heron, Pied Wagtail, and Mistle Thrush. c.20 Redwings were trying to feed on the grass near the Khyber Pass, but they were continually disturbed by free-running dogs & small brats, sorry that should read "little darlings"!

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