Thursday, 28 January 2010

Second Best

Jay (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart
Record shot of Lesser Redpoll (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
Record shot of male Lesser Redpoll (c) 2010 Michael Flowers
Blue Tit (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart
Willow Tit
Hen Pheasant
Reed Bunting (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
Chaffinch (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
The weather wasn’t quite as balmy as yesterday, and the birds weren’t quite as spectacular, but it was a very worthwhile day nevertheless. The first interesting sighting was a flock of Lesser Redpolls, including one remarkably pink male. The feeding station was busy in the morning with 12 Moorhens, Jays, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Willow Tit, Reed Buntings. It was a waste of time trying to see Bitterns in the normal banker hide, as cutting & burning of reeds was taking place – there were hardly any birds there at all. There was a flock of at least 9 Bullfinches near the Post Office depot with another flock of 6 near the oil filter across Mother Drain. We popped into hides we don’t normally visit & managed to add: Siskin, Goldcrest, Treecreeper, Redwing, Kestrel, Cormorant, Pochard, Teal, Gadwall. There were 35 species in the morning with several more added in the afternoon. Overall, probably the second best day so far. The wet start to the afternoon session, being the only downer!

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