Monday, 13 February 2012

And the purple patch continues

A break in the rain and back to the patch this afternoon. Ricky was already onsite, looking for my Northern Bullfinch from earlier. He had seen 3 Bullfinch, one a little bigger than the others, but not much calling of any note, and certainly no trumpeting. It was still drizzly and the light was fading, so we chose to complete the circuit rather than wait around.
As if earlier events were not enough, 2 skittish flocks of Teal allowed us to note a Harrier over the marsh; sh*t it's a Hen, I exclaimed! Another year tick, and a welcome return for a species not seen here at all last year. Good views too, buff underparts and ring-tail all in order. Possibly the bird interpreted my comments as abusive, for it flew off high towards Surlingham Broad. The Hen Harrier roost survey is this weekend!
Other bits and bobs included a Little Egret, 2 Kingfishers (one still at the Landspring, one up river) and a mixed flock of 3 Mistle Thrush and 10+ Redwing. Ricky saw what was probably a Weasel in amongst reeds and scrub.
What a day!

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