Wednesday, 22 December 2010

A cold, clear and calm day kept the ground frozen, due to this a few birds have started to get quite weak. A Little Egret was present for most of the day and flew from frozen pond to frozen withies. A scattering of Skylarks centred in the ruins field the count amounted to at least 200. Sixty four Snipe fed in the open fields whilst eighteen Woodcocks clumsily flushed up from the mountain. Waders inland and around the narrows consisted of: a Ringed Plover, seven Golden Plovers, three Grey Plovers, 48 Lapwings and six Dunlins. Four Wigeons spent the day with sixteen Mallards.

This Little Egret looked a little out of place perched on top of the banks on the island.
Snipe continue to feed openly in the fields.
A few Dunlins also headed inland to feed.
Skylark. Pictures (c) Ben Porter

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