Sunday, January 10, 2010

Barton Boomer's!


A visit to the old patch at Barton again today in the grotty weather resulted in some excellent sightings and included at least 6 Bittern at Far-Ings,with 4 birds around the perimeter of the Target lake which gave fantastic views and a great chance to watch them fishing with even a bit of Bittern aggro between 2 individuals thrown in aswell!,these were the best views i have enjoyed of this superb heron for a long time,with one being seen down to a range of 30 metres as it sheltered under a hawthorn bush from the cold easterly and sleet showers!.Also on and around Target lake were the cracking male Smew,a single male Marsh Harrier which flew east and a female Peregrine,with one seen near to the Humber bridge also.Earlier a small family group of Bewick's Swan flew east down river and comprised of 5 adults and 2 juv's,an excellent record of this fairly rare swan,my first local ones for some years.A great days birding despite the freezing conditions.

4 comments:

  1. Steve, please do come visit in late May or June. If you can make it out then, I will take you out to the one Wallcreeper nest I know and we can search for others. It is also a good time to try to find breeding Ptarmigan and Snowfinch and the Alpine Accentors and Water Pipits are singing their merry hearts out.

    btw, great robin!

    Happy birding
    Dale
    http://alpinebirds.blogspot.com

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  2. Thanks Dale,will keep that in mind,sounds great!

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  3. Awesome shot and a pretty bird.

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