Thursday, 27 February 2014

Another Pintail

27th February - a lovely Spring-like afternoon, so I spent my lunch hour enjoying the weather.  The spit is beginning to reappear and it was nice to see a few LWHG back standing about on what has resurfaced - a 1w GBBG, c20 Herring and c5 LBBG.  Still no Meds surprisingly, although there were few BHG on the lake, the receding flood meadows are covered in them.  A male Shelduck was up-ending around the spit and probably the same 4 Snipe were standing at the edge of the spit reed bed.

Best birds were 3 Pintail that were not seen initially, but swam from the back of the island to the NE side.  they looked to be the same pair from Tuesday plus another male with a shorter tail feather.  Record distant shots below:

The original pair
A new male with a shorter tail feather

It was nice to see the Red Kites up in the air enjoying the weather too - I counted 15 at one point, plus a couple of Buzzards.

1 comment:

  1. I will visit the east bank tomorrow for those sneaky Pintail ! I scanned those ducks 4 times and checked the island from the south west corner too. Cheers Simon