Saturday, 5 July 2014

Final 2014 Supermarket Visit

On Friday we had our final visit of the year to our supermarket birding location.  A closing down sale seemed to be in operation, as there was no sign of last week's raptor or Puffling in the morning.  However, after lunch a pair of raptors were visible.

Previous visits can be seen here: threetwo & first
Heron & Herring Gull

 Meadow Pipit
Everything else was pretty similar to last week's visit.  The Skylarks and Meadow Pipits weren't quite as confiding in the very strong winds, but they still showed well.  We did see a Rock Pipit displaying for the first time, which sounds more musical than a Meadow Pipit.
 Puffin with tongue
A Heron came in off the sea, and was promptly mobbed by the resident Herring Gulls.  Later, a lone Dunlin came in off the sea, and zoomed towards the marsh.
 Peregrine Bookends
Herring Gull & Heron
Quite a few Swifts were heading south, accompanied by Swallows and House Martins.  Linnets kept us company on occasion, but didn't alight for long periods. This was our final visit to the stacked shelves for 2014, and the conclusion of the penultimate week of the Summer course
Herring Gull - eating Heron?

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