Friday, 10 April 2009

'start-er for ten

Good selection of birds around today with an early afternoon peak.
Willow warblers, blackcaps and chiffchaffs now in song throughout the patch and swallows were moving through in steady, if low, numbers.
No sign of any LRPs in the area and no LE owls visible at the roost.
The first decent bird of the day was an osprey (my 3rd so far this spring) which came up river just before 12.15pm. It headed toward the old tip before turning and seemingly heading toward the coast, which would take it over Whitelund and on to Morecambe, though with reference to Eddy's posting of an osprey seen from Freehold soon after it must have re-orientated itself and cut across back to the Lune. Unless the 2 bird theory comes into play...
A minimum of 5 little egret were seen.
A green sandpiper was at Bank Pool, and later at the Wildfowlers' Pools.
1 house martin went through.
The group of 13 pinkfeet were still feeding in the stubble field.
1 raven flew through.
4 alba wags on The Flood appeared to be all whites, as viewed from Railway Crossing Lane, but they all flew off before I got the chance for a better look from the upper path.
8 wheatear (7m 1f) and a male redstart were on the Freeman's Pool perimeter fence. 12 meadow pipit dropped in.
7 gadwall & 3 tufted duck were on the pools.

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