Before we tell you today’s news we’ll start by catching up on yesterday’s safari away down south to Moore Nature Reserve, and what a good day it was too meeting up with some good old friends and enjoying a day on someone else’s absolutely cracking patch.
From the car park it was straight to the tree where the target bird has been seen regularly in the last couple of weeks. On the way we stopped to watch a mixed flock of finches feeding in the ground in the middle of the track we were about to take. Four Lesser Redpolls were the highlight of this little group and nice to see how small they are when stood next to Chaffinches and Goldfinches.
After a few minutes observing the finches we had to disturb them to stand for many minute in front of a hole peppered tree. We watched a Nuthatch come out af a hole in another tree but no activity from our quarry.
At the end of the track a Bullfinch called unseen from the middle of a thicket - typical!
Someone who shall be nameless called Marsh Harrier crossing the river - a flamin Buzzard!!! - well on Warton Marsh it would have been a harrier!
Moving on towards lunchtime a huge old-fashioned flock of mixed finches and buntings bounced in from the far side of the meadow. Lots of Yellowhammers in there - probably more than we ever seen together for a very long time or ever - a real spectacle - WOW they just kept coming. A small flock of Tree Sparrows was found in a hedgerow along the lane
just before we got to the car park we saw a group of birders pointing camers and scopes treewards - was it the Lesser Pecker at last? No, a Tawny Owl (129) very well hidden in an ivy covered tree.
After lunch we hit the wetlands and at the first lake a real rarity a stonking male Ruddy Duck (130). almost forgotten what they looked like - almost all jhave been 'removed' from the UK now but in France, even nearer the Spanish White Headed Ducks there are lots and lots and lots...maybe our cull should have started many years ealier....controversial...discuss as one of our number said.
A Green Woodpecker (131) called most unexpectedly but we must have been the only group all day not to have seen the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker.