Saturday, March 19, 2011

Full Of Beans......

Jumping Spider-Salticus scenicus,Water's Edge,Barton.
Groundsel,Water's Edge,Barton.
The highlight of a lovely spring day today,was the fantastic sight of 8 'Taiga' Bean Geese on the local patch at Worlaby!.When first seen this morning,they were only observed in flight,but a quick visit again this afternoon saw me enjoying some great views of them on the deck.This is the first time i have seen this distinctive race of Bean Goose,not only for the patch,but also for Lincolnshire.Other birds seen here included 1 Short-eared Owl and a record patch count of 78 Whooper Swan flying north in 2 flocks of 23 and 55 respectively.The 23 landed on fields in Bonby Carrs and contained 1 colour-ringed bird.Other highlights enjoyed today included my first Chiffchaff's of the year,singing away in the spring sunshine at Barton and the male Long-tailed Duck still present on the sailing pit.Non bird sightings included a single Comma seen at Water's Edge,several clumps of Coltsfoot and a Roe Deer at South Ferriby along with several Brown Hare.An excellent 4 hours out!!.

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