Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Another Wednesday, Another Lifer

Today both the morning & afternoon sessions had good views of the Iberian Chiffchaff, and were suitably freaked out by its song. It was annoying in the afternoon when a digiscoper spent the whole of his lunch hour 'luring' the bird with its song from his iPod. The general bird song has definitely started to subside but we did hear & see a bog standard Chiffchaff, A Willow Tit, a Garden Warbler, a Blackcap, A Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat and a Song Thrush. We saw Shoveler, Pochard, Tufted Duck, Heron, Little Ringed Plover & Redshank on Huxter Well Marsh. Other birds included a Jay (spotted by Eileen!), a pair of Bullfinches, and a whole Willow Tit family in the afternoon. From Cottage Drain Hide we had 2 young Little Grebes with their parents, and a Coot family, plus a Heron appearing to swin like a Swan! A Reed Warbler sang in from the vegetation around the pool, but the dragonflies from Saturday were absent in the overcast conditions. Not a bad day, but not up to the excitement of last week's Purple Heron.
Above pics are: Iberian Chiffchaff [2 pics], Wren [#1 (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart], another 2 Wrens, Heron (c) 2010 Aileen Urquhart, Little Grebe [#1 (c) 2010 Aillen Urquhart], Damselfly, Fly, Herb Bennet & White Bryony.

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