Sunday, November 22, 2009

Windy Worlaby..

An all day visit to the patch today saw some good passerine numbers recorded,with a whopping flock of 85 Yellowhammer feeding in one of the set-asides,also feeding in the same set aside were 22 Corn Bunting,50 Goldfinch and 43 Linnet,all making for an impressive sight.I especially enjoyed the gorgeous male Yellowhammers which glowed in the morning sunshine and gave an excellent chance to study this cracking bunting species.Also nearby was a large mixed flock of Starlings and Fieldfare plundering the local hawthorn crop and in one of the grass meadows a flock of 9 Curlew fed unconcernedly as 1 of the 15 Common Buzzards observed today passed overhead.Other interesting or notable sightings included a big flock,by local patch standards,of 45 Greylag Geese,2 Marsh Harrier(2nd yr. male and juv.),the 2nd year male showing particularly well as it made it's way towards Elsham,it's silvery grey underwings beginning to develop in it's moult towards 1st adult plumage.At the river the only notable sighting was a solitary Kingfisher watched flashing past towards Bonby Carrs and a single Barn Owl was hunting at dusk in the wet pasture field.Non bird sightings included a single Brown Hare and a lovely Fox,which was watched as it was being dive-bombed by a pair of grumpy Carrion Crow's.A couple of examples of Shaggy-ink Cap were found today also,see above pics.A decent day again despite the wind and showers.

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