Monday, 30 March 2009

All ears.

A post-work visit revealed 9 gadwall still on Freeman's Pools plus a pair of tufted duck, plus the other usual stuff. Of particular note was the total absence of nest prospecting black-headed gulls.
A quick check of some nearby fence posts proved that long-eared owl is still present in the area and I had excellent views of it catching and eating a field vole.
Approx. 600 pinkfooted geese were grazing in the upper fields.
A little egret was on Frog Pond, then Darter Pool where a pair of little grebe remain.
Another little egret was at the Wildfowlers' Pools but nothing else of note.
On The Flood a green sandpiper was feeding alongside a pair of redshank.
A quick check of the marsh implied that any wheatears that may have arrived in association with the Heysham/Morecambe late morning influx had moved through.
Returning to the Freeman's Pools area I was somewhat surprised, and thrilled, to see two long-eared owls.
Maybe as exciting(ish) was the appearance of the ermine stoat - at last - though disappointingly it is now only about 50% white, so I don't suppose it really counts...
A single swallow came through, my first of the year.
Unfortunately I didn't have time to hang around to see if the barn owl was going to put in an appearance and left around 7.20pm.

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