Sunday 24th October 2010. Arrived just after first light, with the Moon bright in the western sky and the Sun just appearing red low in the eastern sky. The tide was low, and the light was not very good, so I watched the marsh and the pools , where the light was much better. The best bird was a Bl.N.Grebe on the third pool, along very good numbers of Coot, and around 15/20 Little Grebe,the numbers of ducks are slowly building up on the marsh and the pools. But this morning was about birds of prey with the best view of a Short.E.Owl which came up from the rough grass from one of the fields near the road just past the pools, and two sightings of a Merlin which may have been of the same bird through the morning, but there was three different Marsh Harriers ( all cream heads) one adult female, and two imms. The other raptors were much later than normal with the three Buzzards not in the sky until after noon, which is a good hour later than normal. The only thing of note on the sea were 120/150 G.C.Grebe which were spread out along the bay. Good bird watching Pete.
Archive for October 26th, 2010
Interesting species in the last few days have included Black-necked Grebe & Short-eared Owl (seen by Pete Rouse), Peregrine, Merlin, Marsh Harrier, Rock Pipit, Raven, Bearded Tit, Barn Owl and continuing migrants such as Stock Dove, Goldfinch, Siskin, Lesser Redpoll, Song Thrush, Redwing, Fieldfare, Blackbird, Skylark and Starling. A good range of waterbirds at the Pools is dominated by an exceptional c500 Coot.
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Just thought you might like see this photo of the many Goldfinches that have recently visited my feeding station in Westfield. Last year the max count was 66, highest count recently was an unbelievable 180 birds - costing a fortune! Still they may go soon (must have enough fat by now) feeding them on Niger seed and sunflower hearts. Dave Pankhurst by e-mail.