Sunday, 22 February 2009

A Firecrest at the South end of Cloudy Pit around 'The Beach' area this afternoon is star bird of the day today.

WeBS count this morning was also fairly productive: a female Marsh Harrier flew west at the north end of Island Pit late morning, quickly followed by a flock of 80+ Black-tailed Godwits heading in the same direcetion. Also this morning a male Stonechat at Diddington Pit and nearby a pair of Grey Partridges.

Eleven 'Blackwits' present at the Pits late afternoon were then joined by the (presumably same) 80 birds seen earlier in the day.

Island Pit: redhead Smew, male & female Red-crested Pochard, female Marsh Harrier, 80+ Black-tailed Godwits & 2 Woodcock's. A flock of Redwing in trees along the east side of the pit included some birds in sub-song.

Diddington Pit: 4 Pintail (2 males), Buzzard, 11 Red-legged Partridges, male Stonechat.

Unspecified location: 2 Little Egrets, Sparrowhawk, Buzzard, Water Rail calling, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Oystercatchers, 4 Ringed Plovers, 3+ Redshanks, pair of Grey Partridges, 5+ Kingfishers & c.65 Redwings.

Male Stonechat, Paxton PitsStonechat at Paxton Pits

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