Friday, 20 March 2009


Managed a blast around some of the Parish after work this evening and recorded the following:

At least one chiffchaff heard from the cycle track by Freeman's Wood.

Frog Pond: 2 little egret, 1 wigeon and a snipe - all flushed by the rather comedic sight of a codger in his mobility scooter driving right into the field and up to the pond edge as his rather excited terrier ran around the pool edges. Only at Aldcliffe...

Nest building pairs of both little grebe and coot at Darter Pool.

Green sandpiper and a pair of teal at the Wildfowlers' Pools

80ish meadow pipit and 4 pied wags at The Flood.

At Freeman's Pools another pair of little grebe were nest building and 4 pairs of gadwall, 2 pairs of tufted duck, 1 drake shoveler and another teal pair were present.
No show on the LEO front his evening, though a woodcock flew in from Freeman's Wood and the barn owl appeared, once again just after I left, at around 7.10pm (thanks to Guy McC for the call). A tawny owl was calling from Freeman's Wood.

* Little-ringed plover seen at The Flood this morning by JWB et al.

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