Friday, 13 April 2018

Fog Free Friday !!

After the previous two days of thick fog it was nice to be able to see the birds properly rather than just vague shapes in the gloom. The sun even put in an appearance today, albeit briefly !!! But it was during this period that I managed a visit to the big side of Pitsford and did quite well.  2 male Common Scotor by the "Holly Tree" but nothing else of note on the water, just a vast expanse devoid of birds.  On the dam were 8 Yellow Wagtails adding some welcome colour . Beautiful delicate birds and dazzling yellow. There was also a small passage of hirundines, several Swallow and Sand Martin with a single House Martin joining them.
The highlight of my visit was an Osprey which circled several times before diving down into the water and successfully caught a large trout. The fishermen in the boat must have had a fabulous view of this very skilled fisher and they were probably quite jealous of the size of the fish.
There was a Barn Owl hunting the fields between Hanging Houghton and Blueberry this evening.

Regards Eleanor
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