Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Littoral Thinking

Dan here.

Did the 'spring tide shuffle' today- working along the marsh to see what birds were flushed as the water came over the top.

In terms of passerines the highlights were three skylarks, 7-9 Scandinavian rock pipits, 15 meadow pipits and five pied wags. No finches or buntings at all.

I didn't do very well in the snipe stakes- with just 4 common and no jacks dislodged by the rising water.

In other news, two shovelers and two goldeneyes were on Freeman's Pools with the tawny owl snoozing nearby.

A water rail and a kingfisher were also present in the parish, as were five 'weegrets', as my chum calls them.


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