Friday, 27 November 2009

Over the Rainbow.

Quite a nice rainbow formed over Aldcliffe Marsh this morning - my efforts at capturing it are above - which is where I called with BT......well it is Friday and that's where we start on Friday. As it turned out it was the right decision by BT today as 45 minutes into the visit c.250 Greylag went up into the air accompanied by 4 Snow Geese which immediately prompted the thought 'Leighton Moss birds', later they were better viewed from 1/2 mile SW of the Golden Ball. Also noted at Aldcliffe was an excellent count - in my book - of  10 Dunnock including six together, the best count of the species at one time I ever recorded,  a good number of Blackbirds were in evidence with at least twenty seen. On the wildfowlers pool which has now become a lake a Goldeneye was noted and c.90 Redshank were also on here, c.170 Feral Pigeon were in one of the stubble fields, and a Goldcrest was on the edge of Freeman's Wood. On Freeman's Pools 3 Little Grebe and 3 Gadwall were of note.

Having had better views of the SG's and a Little Egret on Colloway Marsh we went to Sunderland Point were I counted 260 Bar-tailed Godwit, 4 Goldeneye were drifting downstream, everything else was too distant way over on the Glasson side of the River Lune and at this point BT declared our birding day had ended, we saw another Little Egret as we left the marsh at Overton.

A good day with BT as always as he is a good companion who knows 'quite a bit of stuff' about wildlife in general and is very helpful on my learning curve......thanks BT.


Warren Baker said...

Dunnocks, blackbirds and thrushes are all increasing here too Pete. Must be the cooler weather taking them south.

Alan Tilmouth said...

Pete, it was only when I got to the end of the post I realised you weren't out on some sort of organised birding trip with British telecom, numbskull that I am.
Thanks for the comment on BNE, you might get more out of the other blog Dusted Off Bins though unless your really interested in birding in the North East.

Pete Woodruff said...

Thanks for this Alan.

Quite funny about my mate BT and you thinking it was an organised birding trip with British Telecom. So I'll warn you of at least one more of these abbreviations you may come across if you visit Birds2blog now and again, that of another mate who does some excellent photography and you may have already seen some of his images on here and will certainly see more in the future, he's called Brian Rafferty and you now have no excuse to think I'm talking about a birding trip with British Rail when Brian gets a mention on here.

Thanks for looking in Alan.