Monday, 2 April 2012

Yikes, there is dust on my bins!

Escaped for a bit of birding. Misty Wheldrake revealed fab views of short-eared and barn owls, plus two adult snow geese that dropped in from high - presumably the birds from High Eske. Wild? Probably not, but fully winged and unringed... Smart birds nevertheless. 20 Icelandic black'wits present, plus several dunlin and a singing blackcap. No other warblers yet, apart from lots of chiffchaffs.
On to Newburgh to have a look at the drake garganey which was elusive for a little while before showing well. Castle Howard next which had plenty of tufties a lingering female goldeneye, but not much else.

Top: Garganey, then a murky Short-eared Owl, followed by two distant Snow Geese.

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