Saturday 20 March 2010

Good Weather for Ducks!

Saturday 20th March
The flooded fields just north of White Bridge just look excellent at present and they have been crying out for a Garganey and sure enough, yesterday a fine drake was a good find by Clive whilst I was working out of the county. Despite a quick search in the last glimmers of light yesterday evening, I had no joy, but it was good to still see the Bittern remaining faithful to the area.
So, today I decided to head out to the patch early, despite the rain and failed to relocate the bird. Not long after being in the door, I received a phone call to say that Ray was watching a drake Garganey and 2 females showing at the same patch of habitat that I had been staring at all morning! I shot back out and managed a good view (thanks to Ray) of a fine drake and a single female before they slipped back into the vegetation. Other birds of note today included, Snipe, Sparrowhawk, Shoveler (female), 3 Coot, a few singing Chiffchaff, Nuthatch, Kingfisher and a cunning Fox running across the fields.
No sign of the Bittern or Garganey this evening after a short walk with the Mrs, but the flooded fields look great.

1 comment:

  1. This field looks good for a Temminck's Stint or rare wagtail in the spring, if it doesn't dry up!