Saturday, 17 January 2015

Weekend Wonders

Highlights from a few hours spent on the patch this morning included:
A single jack snipe at Snipe Bog plus 4 common snipe.
The increasingly wet fields around the Flood were teeming with birds - lapwing, curlew, redshank, dunlin, black-headed gulls and a few oystercatcher.
There were yet more lapwing, redshank & dunlin were on the estuary, plus good numbers of golden plover.
Other than a single lowly greylag there were no geese on the marsh.
There was a sizeable flock of redwing and fieldfare hopping around in the grass around Frog Pond, with 8 pink-footed geese there also.

There were 12 wigeon, 19 gadwall and 4 little grebe at Feeman's Pools along with all the other expected stuff.
A male kestrel was hunting along Dawson's Bank (pictured).

An early afternoon wander around the FAUNA reserve revealed c900 pinkfeet still grazing on the drumlins. Time spent watching the chaffinch flock on the edge of Pony Wood rewarded me with good views of the female brambling. There were 80+ linnet still feeding in the arable field.
A brown hare was seen in the Big Meadow.


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