With some sunshine and light winds forecast for Saturday morning, I thought I would have a couple of hours in the hide. Arriving at 8:30, I was soon set up and put a few peanuts on the log where soon after a few Great Tits and Robins arrived. It was otherwise generally quiet with Jays heard in the background but they never came in. Best bird of the morning was a female Great spotted Woodpecker which made a few visits and at least gave me a few chances with the camera. With some extra time Sunday morning out, I walked around most of the patch where I noted 50 species. Birds of note included c403 Cormorant out, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Great White Egret still out in the ditches, 1 Marsh Harrier, 1 male Sparrowhawk displaying, 3 Great spotted Woodpecker, 2 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kestrel, 2 Jay, 1 Raven, 7 Skylark, 2 Cetti's Warbler, 10 Long tailed Tit, 1 Goldcrest, 1 Treecreeper (66) and 1 Mistle Thrush (67) in song. There were 22 Redwing, 44 Fieldfare, 2 Stonechat, 21 Chaffinch, 1 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Linnet, 1 Yellowhammer and 1 Reed Bunting. I decided to walk back through one of the winter fields to see whether and Partridge were hiding there, they weren't but I did flush a flock of Pipits which initially I thought were going to be Meadow Pipit but as they took flight, I was surprised that they sounded more like Water Pipit. I watched them fly off before they landed again. I checked the calls online and was convinced they were Water Pipit... but in the middle of a field! I continued on before they all flew up again. This time I could hear the calls well as c10 Water Pipit (68) flew off over me. A couple of record shots were confirmed by others on Twitter which was helpful. A good bird to get on the patch with just a single bird seen last year. I returned later at 3:30pm where I spent an hour or so looking out over the marsh with the scope in the hope of a Hen Harrier or Short eared Owl. No luck on this front but I did manage to see 3 Marsh Harrier, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Great White Egret and c400 cormorant returning to the Stour Valley.
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Many thanks for the follow WilmaDelete
Hello Marc, great photos of this Woodpecker. I added this blog of your to my list. Hope to see some great birds and photos of them you encountered.ReplyDelete
Many thanks Roos for following. Much appreciated.Delete
These are gorgeous photos of the Great Spotted Woodpecker, Marc. Your patch list for the year is already looking good. Best wishes - stay safe - - - RichardReplyDelete
Many thanks Richard. A shame the Jays didn't arrive but a nice consolation. Take care.Delete