Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mixed bag.....

Greylag Geese,Far-Ings NNR.
A trip out again today to firstly,Worlaby then South Ferriby,then Barton finishing on the patch,saw me seeing a good mixture of departing winter visitors and incoming spring migrants.Highlight of the day went to a superb male Black Redstart watched feeding around Chowder Ness Farm at Barton,giving superb views at times,although he was a little elusive feeding inside some of the farm buildings.This is my first spring bird for some years and was a welcome sight,thanks to Mr Sharp for finding it!.Also at Barton was a cracking singing male Firecrest watched feeding with a tit flock in Target lake hedge,3 Chiffchaff,a south bound Common Buzzard,a single Avocet and a displaying pair of Great-spotted Woodpecker,which showed brilliantly.At Ferriby,the best birds were 19 Whooper Swan,3 Common Buzzard,a prospecting pair of Marsh Harrier and 40 Pink-footed Geese.Finally,Worlaby produced the still resident flock of 8 'Taiga' Bean Geese,being seen today on the small reservoir,at least 12 Common Buzzard in the area,with 5 together over the railway crossing and finally 3 Marsh Harrier.Non-bird sightings comprised of 3 Brown Hare at South Ferriby and 2 at Worlaby.A great day out again!. 

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