Saturday, January 19, 2008

Direct Hit! (possibly)

News came through this morning of a possible Great White Egret flying west over farmland just south of the village. Seen by a neighbouring birder, I gather veiws were not good for a definate ID - the dreaded 'one that got away'.
Spurred by this report I decided to visit Felbrigg Lake late afternoon to see what (if) herons came to roost.

Tufted Duck 16
Mandarin 11 (seven males 4 females)
Gadwall 6
Pochard 3 (all males)
Mallard 35
Coot 5
Mute Swan pair

Additionally were c30 Siskin, hunting Barn Owl and a calling Water Rail. Unfortunately the three Barnacle Geese were seen in with the Grey lags again, the longer that continues the less likely they will be of wild origin. Typical!

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