Friday, 17 September 2010

All the Bs at B-B-Blacktoft

Bearded Tits - if you really squint you can see them!
Bearded Tits - yes, these tiny specks are that species
Black-tailed Godwit
Keeping up the theme - a Beeping Collared Dove!
Blacktoft Rainbow
Another good day at RSPB Blacktoft Sands. An early highlight was a flock of nearly 30 Bearded Tits from Marshland Hide - this was a lifer for many participants! Another great bird was a Bittern which flew across in front of Townend hide - even that was new to some folk. A Buzzard is a bird you don't expect to see every day there. There had been a very high tide since my last visit so all the marshed were much more full of water than last week, and the waders had been forced off their usual feeding grounds. We therefore had more distant views of Curlew Sandpiper, Greenshank, Ruff, but the calling Green Sandpiper in the afternoon was a bonus. Other birds seen included: Spotted Redshank, Redshank, Curlew, Wgeon, Teal, Gadwall and Shoveler. Ken did very well by finding a female Pintail through his telescope at Ousefleet. We also had an unusual leaf warbler here - bright yellow underparts, a supercilium, and it was seen to dip its tail, but it had a very unusal call. Back at the visitor centre this was put down as an aberrant Chiffchaff. Overall, an interesting day with nearly 50 species recorded!

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