Sunday, December 13, 2009

Worlaby-Bonby Carrs.




After yesterdays efforts down the coast, i decided today, to concentrate my time on the local patch,walking the full area up to Bonby Carrs and taking in the section of river between there and Worlaby Carrs and then back to the car park.For all the effort,i didn't see much out of the ordinary,the most notable sightings being a single Whooper Swan with 6 Mute's on the fields to the south east of the main car park and a single young male Marsh Harrier watched hunting the wet pasture before heading towards Elsham.This particular bird is quite interesting plumage wise and is just beginning to aquire 1st adult male type underwings,so must be a 2nd cal yr bird,it is interesting to note how variable the plumage can be at this age,with some birds showing grey areas in the upperwing,but this particular individual doesn't.Other sightings included a personal patch record count of Redshank,with 43 birds being seen down at the Ancholme and also down here a reasonable number of Teal,with 342 being counted.Other species observed included 3 Stonechat,23 Curlew,81 Yellowhammer,75 Pink-footed Geese,a single Kingfisher,3 Corn Bunting and 9 Common Buzzard.Non-bird sigtings today comprised of 5 Roe Deer and just 2 Brown Hare,the latter species no doubt down in numbers due to the fact they are being regularly hunted illegally,with me encountering 3 delinquents with lurchers at Bonby today,what a shame!Another good few hrs on the patch.

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