Monday, 11 March 2013

Birds of the icy wind


A walk around Harrington Airfield this morning was something of an icy blast, but the birds only consisted of about three Bramblings and a Red Kite.

Another cold walk at Sywell CP produced 5 Goosanders, 2 Kingfishers, a Water Rail and c30 Siskins.

A visit to Ravensthorpe Res causeway provided obscured views of the Bittern on the small side between 12 noon and 12.30pm.  It was near to a broken-down Crack Willow and walked out of view to the right behind a large willow bush and didn't show again by 1.15pm.  Other birds included a 'redhead' Smew, a third calendar year Yellow-legged Gull, a Red Kite and a Chiffchaff.

A Red Kite was present at Hanging Houghton and 2 Reed Buntings and 2 Lesser Redpolls fed in the garden.

A wind-blasted gull roost at Pitsford Res didn't provide any gulls of note.  The icy wind was pushing a hunting Barn Owl all over the place near to the dam.

Some of the below images are of gulls (one of my favourite families), but for those of you that find them incredibly boring, look away now!


Neil M

First year Common Gull
and Black-headed Gull

Near-adult Herring Gull

Mixed gull flock Pitsford Res

Third-calendar year
Yellow-legged Gull

Third-calendar year
Yellow-legged Gull

Great Spotted Woodpecker

Probably the worst photo
of a Bittern ever taken!

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