And not long after seeing the Geese lift I saw a lone Merlin flying low along the fields next to us. As soon as we set foot off the coach the sounds of a Wetland centre filled the air with Whooper Swan, Geese and Waders being heard, there was Chaffinch's a plenty on the feeders in the centre and on looking from the farm house tower through the HUGE pair of binoculars I quickly caught sight of a bright white bird amongst the flock of Barnacles, it turned out to be the Ross's goose, a first for me and a very recognizable bird amongest the Barnacles, from the tower we also saw Black-tailed godwit and lots of waterfowl.
Moving on brought Yellowhammer (I only saw my first on wednesday), Reed bunting, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Blue tit, Great tit and plenty of House sparrow, The first hide was excellent for viewing the Swans and lots of Wigeon ,we moved on to the next hide which brought Barnacle geese and our lunch, the tower brought again Barnacles (no surprise there then) Shelduck and Heron and lots of Bird of Prey pellets on the ledges of the tower which had a great vantage point.
The next few hides brought the normal, and then we caught sight of Heron with its lunch, that being a frog which was strange to watch but interesting. At the next hide there was nothing to see and we had just sat down and Brian realised he left his bag behind which meant another trip to the tower, finding his bag we were informed a very early Ring Ouzel had been seen although we unfortunately didn't see it .The rest was down to the Whoopers putting on a "flight display" from one pond to another, on leaving we saw yet another Merlin and that ended a great day although we did get hit by the rain quite a few times!
also thank you to Brian for the film camera which will soon have film in it and be out working!
|A very close Male Chaffinch|
|Male House sparrow (left) male Chaffinch (right)|
|Pigeon in flight|
|Thought I'd try something different|
|Heron with his lunch|
|Just a small amount of Barnacle geese|
|Who you looking at!?|
|Coming in for landing!|
|Formation take off|
|Whooper swans in flight|
|Another formation take-off|
|In with the crowd|