Thursday, 26 November 2015

Bits and Pieces

A few visits around the area over the last few days hasn't revealed much. On Sunday after the blow, I counted 54 barwits, c.5-600 knot plus the rook put in an appearance. Other birds were kingfisher, cetti's, 3 redwings, 2 stonechats and a distant kittiwake.

The following frosty morning produced some teal on the plots and 5 black-tailed godwits just off the outfall were a welcome month addition. Tuesday was a camera day, finding quite a few waders and a cracking egret coming into land made it a successful morning.

Today, Thursday, I checked on the SEOs finding 2 on the wing plus a marsh harrier and I found 6 fieldfares needed for the month! It was the first time I actually saw an owl catch a vole/mouse and eat it whilst sitting on a gate.  A short seawatch revealed 214 wigeon in mid-channel plus 8 g.c.grebes.
I then took a drive over to Hampton but no purps. just a couple of redshank and turnstones - waste of time.

 Distant record shot of SEO with prey

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