Saturday, December 26, 2009

Boxing Day sightings...

A visit today to the patch,to finally get away from all the christmas palaver,saw some decent birds being recorded, albeit nothing new being seen when compared to my last visit.There was the continued presence of the wintering Green Sandpiper,with the bird being seen in the small ditch which runs adjacent to the soak drain,with a Redshank for company and the 2 adult Whooper Swan where again on fields just past the railway crossing with the 15 Mute's.Other sightings comprised of a huge flock of Pinkie's coming off the wold top and heading toward the humber,with at least 1500 birds,an impressive sight,a single Merlin dashing across fields between the carrs and Bonby,the same 2nd winter male Marsh Harrier as my last visit and 3 Stonechat.Two of the three Stonechat(a pair),gave brilliant views along the roadside near the car park as they fed in and alongside the ditch there.Mammal sightings today included a couple of lovely doe Roe Deer which had been flushed by a shooting party and a single Brown Hare.A good few hours and a welcome respite from the mountain of Turkey and christmas TV.Bah humbug!!

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