Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Buntings galore

Wednesday 4th March 2009

I had one of those 'I dont belieeeeve it' moments today. Lovely day, Whitemoor Haye. I started at the entrance to the workings to check the geese. The Barnacle geese were still there, all 15, but they were soon flushed by a photographer on the far side of the main lake were he shouldn't have been. His camouflaged jacket clearly didnt work. Unlike the photographers at Coleshill, his presence did interfere with the birds normal behaviour. Migrating birds need to feed, which they can't do if they're wasting time being forced to seek shelter on the water.

Away from the water I enjoyed a walk around the tracks surrounding the fields. I was surprised at the number of Tree Sparrows in the area but there were also good numbers of Linnet, Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer. Corn Bunting were also in evidence. Flocks of Starling, Woodpigeon, Stockdoves and Corvids in tight formations filled the sky at regular intervals which made me scan for Peregrine but none were seen.
Just in case there was any doubt about the ID of yesterdays birds. from the top:
Pectoral Sandpiper, Glossy Ibis, Puffin and Cuckoo. Have to make them a bit harder next time.

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