Monday, 1 June 2009

Sunday sunshine

After a day of family-related fun, I managed a quick visit on Sunday evening.

There were still a good number of painted ladies around, certainly 250+.
No sign of the gadwall, but a drake teal was new in.
Even with just bins it was interesting to watch the adult little-ringed plovers taking action to divert two carrion crows working the island. The 3 chicks could be seen bombing around as the parent birds did a decent job of confusing the corvids. When I left all was still well but one wonders how long they can keep this up if the crows return repeatedly.
Other fluffy bird news includes what appears to be a succesful year so far for blue and great tits with fledged broods seemingly in good numbers.

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