Thursday, 8 March 2012

Raving about a Female(!) Reed Bunting!!!?

On Wednesday the forecast wasn’t very encouraging, but we risked a trip into South Yorkshire. It rained most of the way, but the rain stopped before the morning session began. There were Little Grebe, Oystercatcher, Lapwing, Tufted Duck, but nothing out of the ordinary. On the walk Reed Buntings were indulging in their faltering song. A stop off at a feeding station resulted in many more Reed Buntings, a pair of voluble Little Grebes & plenty of common birds. Water birds included Wigeon, Shoveler, Pochard and Mute Swans. However, the best sighting came when Anthony spotted a Kingfisher. It eventually flew past the hide, but after a minute or so, it moved off. The afternoon group enjoyed quite a few fly-pasts before it disappeared for good.

On the rest of the walk we had good views of a Treecreeper & a Green Woodpecker gave great views as it flew past. The strong winds definitely had a detrimental effect on the birds, so there were no Woodlarks, no Jays, and no Willow Tits. Hope the weather will be kinder to the Thursday class next week!

For some reason the morning group were raving about a particular female Reed Bunting, which apparently exhibited a more beautiful blend of colours than normal. So this is the result of staying in a hide a little longer until a shower passes over. One of the below pictures may be the bird they were discussing, but I couldn't see it myself...

Despite the presence of 3 large cameras it's disappointing that we didn't manage to get one photo of either the Kingfisher or the Green Woodpecker

Reed Bunting (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart
Reed Bunting (c) 2012 Tony Robinson
Male Reed Bunting (c) 2012 Tony Robinson
Blue Tit (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart
Great Tit (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart
Robin (c) 2012 Aileen Urquhart
Skylark (c) 2012 Tony Robinson
Record shot of Skylark (c) 2012 Tony Robinson

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