Monday, November 12, 2012

White Nun And Snow Bunting surprise......

A few hours out and about this morning before the rain at Barton,saw a few nice birds being seen before the forecasted rain appeared.After hearing yesterday that a Male Smew had returned to Barton for another winter,i managed to find him feeding and loafing on Bridge pit with his Goldeneye cousins.He spent most of the time i watched him feeding right along the bank side  and under some overhanging trees,no doubt finding a plethora of fish amongst the bank side vegetation and underwater tree roots.It was interesting to note that this bird along with the Goldeneye present,still hadn't reached full adult plumage after the moult to eclipse,perhaps indicating a later breeding season,as this species,along with the Goldeneye,moult after breeding.Always a great species to see,this 'White Nun' are stunning and the 10 Goldeneye provided a nice sight also,with several of the males displaying.While stood on the Humber bank watching a nice flock of 14 Bar-tailed Godwit,i heard that distinct rippling call,as a male Snow Bunting flew west along the shoreline towards Chowder Ness,a very nice surprise!.This species is always nice to see and certainly live up to their name,with flashes of white as he made his way west.The afore mentioned Bar-wits gave cracking close views as they probed the estuary mud for ragworms and small shellfish,a mixture of adult and juvenile birds,superb.Other notables included an adult male Marsh Harrier heading west up river,25 Redwing and 100 plus Wigeon.A nice few hours,shame about the rain.


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