Sunday, December 07, 2008

Parish Birding

Had a walk around the Parish this morning, as i am often do at this time of the year. Headed towards Felbrigg Lake first thing, wildfowl numbers back up but nothing out of the ordinary Mallard 40, Shelduck 1, Coot 2, Gadwall 3, Mandarin at least 9, Tufted Duck 4 and Pochard 2. No Mute Swans so far this winter, a Water Rail was squealing from the reed bed. Most notable sighting was a hang around Little Egret which first flew up from the south end of the lake then was feeding in the ditch to the north. Felbrigg Great Wood was notable only for the absence of any birds. Continuing over the fields to the west of the village a good flock of 1000 Golden Plover and 50 Lapwing were thoroughly scanned but no little gems could be found. Presumably the same Little Egret flew high west over the fields and a Common Buzzard made an appearance over the Ridge.

(notice how I have successfully blown out the white in the morning sunshine-D'oh!
Little Egret

Tufted Duck


hen Blackbird

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