Thursday, 4 March 2010

Flying a Kite

Bullfinch [male]
Record shots of today's Red Kite
Red Kite
Red Kite - either eating in flight, or cleaning its talons!
Long-tailed Tit
This was our first visit to a favourite Yorkshire Wolds site this year. Because of the awful weather over the last few weeks, I wasn't expecting much, but it was a great day. Of course, the very nice weather helped, but the birds were on display, and the birdsong was particularly strong as we left the car park. We had a flock of 9 Bullfinches (mainly males) in the morning, and saw quite a few other individuals during the course of the walk. 5 Buzzards were spotted spiralling over some distant woodland. There were also plenty of showy Yellowhammers, although very few were singing. Also present: Red-legged Partridges, Long-tailed, Blue & Great Tits, a few Skylarks, Lapwings and Common Gulls. At least 10 Dunnocks were holding territory. We'd just got back to the cars at lunch-time when a Red Kite flew very low over the car park. Luckily, it was also seen by those from the afternoon class who'd turned up early. The afternoon was pretty much a re-run of the morning, but of course the birdsong was much more subdued.

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