Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sunny Barton.....

A misty Ancholme valley en-route to Barton.

Male Common Darter.

Male Common Darter.
A visit for a few hours this morning to Barton,saw me logging some nice sightings over the four hours i was there.In rarity terms,the best bird was the still resident 1st winter male Ferruginous Duck which showed very nicely today as he fed and loafed on his favourite pit near to the visitor centre.Much better views were gained today,thanks to the superb light and weather,with the plumage and eye colour being more apparent than on my last visit in duller conditions.Other nice sightings included at least 382 Pink-footed Geese feeding with a mixed flock of feral geese behind the Blow Wells,13 Siskin,1 Chiffchaff,2 Grey Plover which flew west and a juv. Marsh Harrier.An enjoyable visit in some great weather.

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