Sunday, 20 February 2011

On a high.....

It was a really big tide today which meant plenty of action. A good few thousand Lapwing kept taking to the skies as the tide pushed them off the mud, then the marsh and finally into the fields along with other waders. Even the Flood had some birds residing Redshank 25, Curlew 46, BH Gull 40, Starling 75. I was looking forward to reaching the Wildfowlers’ Pool. But disappointed as 2 dog walkers decided it would be fun for their spaniels to go mad in the water, it is beyond me, when there are miles of public footpaths why some irresponsible people still go wherever they want!
Freeman’s Pool was busy; a Little Egret was feeding in one of the smaller pools, lapwing 175 on the island. Coot, Goldeneye, Gadwall, Mallard, Wigeon, Grey Heron all present.
With the mega tide I was right to think that Rock Pipits would be a good tick, there was half a dozen, possibly more, near the pylons, along with Wrens and Pied Wagtails on the detritus. A flock of 19 Skylark flew over. On the way back I was pleased to see a Stonechat on Chat Wall. Also, on the track was plenty of singing Chaffinch. Half a dozen Pheasants in the fields and I also saw 2 Grey Partridge.

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