Tuesday, 10 February 2009

Bright on weather....

....dull on birds.

Well not really as any days birding is a good day but in varying degrees and
today didn't quite get off the ground. JB and I started the day at Knott End which was a badly timed decision as the tide was well in when we arrived and the only birds for the records book were just 4 Twite.

A look in at the goose fields around Eagland Hill produced up to 5,ooo Pink-footed Geese. At Fluke Hall the first thing to note was a Skylark singing its towering flight song like it was early spring, 7 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit, and 12 Linnet were in a ploughed field west of the slipway, a Buzzard was perched up in a tree and c.1,000 Pink-footed Geese seen. From Backsands Lane the Black-tailed Godwit number had dwindled from 250/300 recently to just 50 today in the same field.

In the fields opposite Sand Villa the Whooper Swan number appeared to be the same as yesterdays count though the troughs in these fields make counting difficult if not impossible at times, 2 Bewick's Swan's were seen here today.

On Moss Lane heading to Cockersands a Little Egret was on the move from ditch to ditch and was probably the same bird seen on Jeremy Lane yesterday. At Cockersands, 6 Twite were at the Caravan Park end, and the Bank Houses Little Owl was again perched in tree's around the paddock. At the lighthouse end, 4 Grey Plover, 2 Black-tailed Godwit, and 3 Red-breasted Merganser were the only birds of note.

I really don't have to note this here, but in truth JB joined me today to do the very same thing as I had done myself yesterday in that once again we 'missed' the White-fronted Geese, Brent Goose, Bean Goose, and the hybrid Ross's Goose x Pink-footed Goose......Oh dear where am I going wrong!

The Skylark pic represents the one singing at Fluke Hall this afternoon, but this one was at Halforth one summers day.
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