Saturday 2 January 2010

Second day of the decade

Went to Buckenham first thing. No sign of any Beans, but 125 White-fronts. Usual Peregrines, again hunting. This time a pincer movement on a Woodpigeon ended in a high speed level chase across the marshes, with the Woodpigeon outmanoeuvering the falcons and getting into cover ahead of them. Beardies still present but not on view. A Siskin flew over near the station and a Chiffchaff was hweeting in the bushes.
Later, had a walk at Whitlingham with the family, and enjoyed good views of the Great Northern Diver (below), plus redhead Smew and a Black-necked Grebe, showing usual powder puff shaped bum and glowing ruby eye. A couple of redhead Goosander present and a lot of common ducks, especially Gadwall, with over 50 counted.

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