OK so whats a Jaguar got to do with today's - or any other days - birding....well absolutely nothing if you're birding around Aldcliffe like I did today but if you're somewhere exotic like Colin Bushell was when he photographed this beautiful creature then its got everything to do with your birding trip. I've viewed this image several times on Colins website and think its great....thanks Colin.
The weather wasn't up to much earlier in the morning but picked up a little towards noon so I decided to give the Aldcliffe Parish a bit of a going over for couple of hours. I left the car at the very far end of the quay and walked towards Freeman's Pools where I soon found the Smew red-head along with about eight Gadwall and a couple of drake Shoveler to note, also a Green Sandpiper and Little Egret on here were nice records.
Aldcliffe Marsh was entirely void of any geese other than c.100 Canada Geese, as I walked south along the embankment I noted c. 20 Black-tailed Godwit, 5 Snipe, and 2 Meadow Pipit. By now the tide was at its height and just south of RC Lane where the track joins the marsh again there is an area of tide wrack renowned for Rock Pipit at this state of the tide and today I found at least eight and possibly ten. A return via the track produced 5 Reed Bunting together (unusual in my record's) 3 Dunnock and 2 Linnet.
I take note of a count of 150 Woodcock at a single sighting in Norfolk during the 'ice-age' recently.