Friday, 5 February 2010

Definitely a day of two halfs. The morning was foul with persistent light rain - nothing too bad just the annoying stuff that makes everything wet. Had to do a lagoon count in it and it was a nightmare trying to keep every lens dry. Still good numbers of birds present on the fresh marsh with total of 80 shelduck, 9 avocet and several spotted redshank. As usually happens, as soon as the sea calms down enough the see the birds they all bugger off. The large flock of common scoter (2100) held 7 velvets but apart for that everything else seems to have moved off.
By the end of the day the sun has come out and the was enough time to do some birding after work...just. Had a fantastic 30mins watching the roost from Fen Hide with at least 10 female marsh harriers to roost, a cracking male hen harrier and the 4th bittern sighting for the day. Not sure what is happening with the bitterns at the moment but I have never seen them so active outside the breeding season. Two water rails were feeding on the Fen Hide pool and at least 15 moorhens came into the pool roost and spent most of their time fighting with each other.

Peregrine take the yearlist to 114.

No comments:

Post a Comment