Friday, 17 January 2014

Wild goose chase

Another afternoon counting geese on fields around Budle Bay and Fenham Flats.  There was a large mixed flock of geese to the north of Chesterhill.  This included 460 greylag, 160+ barnacle, 135 pale-bellied brent and one pink-foot.  The rest of the area was very quiet.

From the Elwick hide, there was 264 curlew, 9 golden plover and 8 redshank in the flooded field to the south.  The tide was in and there were relatively few birds except for 2 slavonian grebes, 6+ long-tailed duck, 4 red-breasted merganser and 40+ mallard.  A male peregrine appeared to kill a jackdaw.  A wild bird seed mix plot held 34 yellowhammers, 8 tree sparrows and at least one grey partridge.

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