Wednesday, 10 March 2010

RSPB Unflooded

Kestrel [above] (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart
Kestrel Wigeon (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
Great Tit (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
Snipe (c) 2010 Maurice Gordon
Mute Swan
Record shot of Stock Dove
Black-headed Gull (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart
Reed Bunting (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart
All of Friday's floodwater had disappeared, so each hide could be reached without any problems. Yesterday the reserve's first ever Treecreeper was seen, some Avocets dropped in, and the Cetti's Warbler was very vocal - of course today all these birds appeared to be absent! There were 6 Marsh Harriers in the air at the same time, and some of these were indulging in their spectacular skydancing displays during the morning. There were much fewer sightings of Marsh Harriers in the afternoon, but there were at least 3 decent views. There were at least 19 Snipe snuggled down in front of Xerox, but most of the other birds were pretty standard for this time of year, including some very fine Wigeon. Mike Pilsworth was on hand to answer some of the 'student's' most searching questions about Marsh Harriers & Bearded Tits. In a winter count there were over 400 noted on the reserve - not a bad tally, for a bird which can be quite hard to see at any site!

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