Friday, 5 February 2010

The (re)Turn of the Smew

Black Tailed Godwits on the Flood
Met up with Guy for a trawl round the parish. Quiet day, surprisingly mild, spring like, especially as we heard throughout the patch Chaffinch’s singing. The female first winter Smew was back on the pools, literally flitting from one to the other. Other highlights…………
Freeman’s Pool
Shoveler 4
Gadwall 7
Smew 1
Little Grebe 2
Wigeon 1
Mallard, about 8 or 9
Coot, about 8
Mute Swan 2
Kestrel 1

Frog Pond
Little Egret 1

Marsh Point, numerous gulls, Black-headed, LBB, Herring and Common.
Lapwing 450. We also noticed massive flocks further down river. Oystercatcher, Redshank and Black-tailed Godwit present.
Grey Partridge 3 in the field.
On the marsh were Shelduck, Little Egret, Canada Geese and Mute Swans.
 The Flood, Water Rail gave us excellent views for ages, along with Black-tailed Godwit 2, Green Sandpiper 1 and Redshank 3.
Wild Fowlers’, quiet, Mallard, Moorhen and Snipe 1.
Track had numerous finch and the hedge on stubble field saw Reed Bunting 4.

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