Friday, 12 April 2013

Two Steps Forward, but Another Back!

Unfortunately, again the forecast was adverse for the planned open location, and the expected summer visitors are still mainly absent at non-water locations, so we repeated Tuesday's experience with added jokes in the am courtesy of Phil G.  The joker-in-the pack for Thursday afternoons was walking in Derbyshire, so that group will have to wait an extra week to have their funny bones stimulated!
It was definitely cooler than yesterday, but we still heard a few Chiifchaffs, and eventually managed to spot one in a Willow tree. It seemed to be Dunnock central at first with various males singing every few metres or so along the perimeter. As we went on Wrens began to rival the Dunnocks in abundance. Neither of these birds were noticeable on Tuesday.  Both these species are supposed to be sedentary birds, but has North Cave been too bleak for them all this winter, and have they just returned from a few months away

 Tufted Duck [drake]
There were more waders on the new flashes including both Little Ringed and bog standard Ringed Plovers, plus Redshank, Avocet and Oystercatchers. The Black-tailed Godwit was still present, but its colouring was easier to discern in the absence of any sun. Reedbed Lake had a good selection of ducks incl: Shoveler, Shelduck, Gadwall, Teal, and the ubiquitous unmentionables.
From Turret Hide there were 4 species of immature gulls standing in close proximity, so it was relatively easy to pick out the differences between the one Great Black Backed Gull, which was flanked by Herring, Common and Black-headed Gulls. The latter were the only gull species, which was also present in adult plumage.
 Tufted Duck [drake]
 Shelduck [female being chased by 2 drakes]
In all Phil recorded 48 species, which is more than double the species found in our premier woodland yesterday morning. In the afternoon we had 5 extra species: a Meadow Pipit, a Sand Martin, 2 Swallows, a Peregrine Falcon, and Peter & Gordon any myself saw a Green Woodpecker, giving 53 species for the day. Not a bad haul - shame it had gone back to being so cold again!  

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