Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Carrs.....

The Carrs looking towards Saxby village.

C-130 Hercules flying by.

Mixed wildfowl on one of the floods.

Golden Plover passing overhead.

17 of the 23 Whooper Swan flock.
After spending the morning in sunny Scunny,i then decided to spend the afternoon at a sunny Bonby Carrs and today it certainly was impressive.Thanks to the large amounts of rain and snow over the winter the Carrs are holding some good amounts of water still and today the impressive numbers of wildfowl were taking full advantage of the conditions.Best of the wildfowl went to a nice flock of 23 Whooper Swan which consisted of 21 adult and 2 2nd calendar year birds,they gave nice views through the scope and are always great to see,no doubt they will be continuing on their journey back to Iceland providing the weather doesn't hold them up for too long.Almost as good as the Whoopers was a cracking drake Pintail in amongst the Wigeon,Teal,Gadwall and Mallard,what a stunning duck they are and he gave fairly good views although he was a bit wary.As i mentioned before,a very impressive array of wildfowl were present with at least 716 Wigeon,185 Teal,30 Gadwall,5 Shoveler and 2 Pink-footed Geese present,also,a further 125 Pinks passed overhead heading for their summer home along with the Whoopers in Iceland.There was also a few waders present with a nice flock of 33 Dunlin feeding on the floods along with 150 plus Lapwing.Along with the wildfowl on the flooded fields were good numbers of bathing and loafing gulls,with a couple of thousand of each of Common and Black-headed Gulls and smaller numbers of Herring Gulls and 7 Lesser black-backed Gulls.As is usually expected on my visits down here raptors also featured with at least 9 Common Buzzard in and around the area and the best sighting a cracking female Hen Harrier watched hunting the fields between Bonby and Worlaby Carrs.Passerines were really thin on the ground apart from 5 northbound Fieldfare.Other notables were a nice flock of 45 Stock Dove feeding on the fields and a pair of Grey Partridge.A cracking visit to the patch.

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