Saturday, 31 January 2009
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Record shot of Woodcock (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Snipe (c) 2009 Maurice Gordon
The star bird was a Bittern this afternoon, which sat in the open on the bank, but no one took a picture! In the morning 2 Water Rails came to have a look at us in Reedy Hide, but soon scuttled off, singularly unimpressed. Also in the morning we heard what sounded like the call of a Cetti's Warbler. Unfortunately, it didn't sing which would have clinched ID. We had good views of a Willow Tit, a pair of Goldeneye, Redwings & Bullfinches. There was the usual good supply of a wide variety of duck, but we couldn't find the drake Smew, perhaps this has popped over to Welton Water. After a lot of searching we were eventually able to track down at least 3 Snipe from the hide with steps. In more than 10 years of visiting this site I think this was the muddiest I've ever known it - take some wellies!
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Bullfinch (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Friday, 23 January 2009
This morning was a washout, so we retreated to the old standby of North Cave Wetlands. The best birds were 2 Lesser Redpolls. The afternoon session was able to go ahead as planned to Millington Pastures. The best viewing was round the pool, where we saw a Kingfisher performing acrobatics, but we also had really good views of the Grey Wagtail, and heard a Water Rail. Bullfinches came down for a drink, but the best bird was on the way back to the car park. A Hawfinch landed at the top of the Hawthorn bush we were standing under. It didn't remain long, and not everyone manged to focus their bins before it flew off, but for those who did see it it was a "lifer."
Thursday, 22 January 2009
The weather looked awful this morning, and 4 class members dropped out, but it turned out to be a good day. The star bird was the drake Smew, which appeared for the morning crowd, but we couldn’t relocate it in the afternoon. We also had excellent views of Goldeneye (displaying), Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Teal on the lakes; whilst a small flock of Wigeon flew past us on the Humber, and one whistling individual landed very close by. There were few waders with only Redshank & Curlew seen; but Bullfinches gave excellent views both morning & afternoon. There were at least 3 Great Crested Grebes – 2 in very plain winter plumage, but one already had well developed headgear! Shame about the Bittern, but Ken was here, so only to expected in the circumstances!
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Oystercatchers & Ringed Plover (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Purple Sandpipers (c) 2008 Michael Flowers
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
" I can see you!" (c) 2009 Michael Flowers
Shelduck (c) 2009 John Batham