Monday 23 March 2015

Peregrine - Wigeon- Buzzard epic

Peregrine v Wigeon v Buzzard

Check this out! Amazing view of a Peregrine that has caught a drake Wigeon just outside Swantail Hide at Wheldrake Ings yesterday afternoon. The Wigeon valiantly tried to escape, being saved by the arrival of a local Buzzard which seemed to really enrage the falcon, which left it's half drowned meal and started mobbing the larger raptor.

Otherwise, a couple of Red Kites and Barn Owls about and still plenty of Pintail and other ducks on the ings, despite falling water levels. A couple of singing Chiffchaffs were the only spring migrants noted.

The previous day I finally caught up with the Heslington Tilmire Great Grey Shrike which showed well, though distantly, huddled out of the wind in hawthorn bushes. No sign of any windblown Kittiwakes or scoters at Hes East earlier sadly.

A few recent shots from Askham Bog etc attached with new 50D.

 Blue, Coal and Marsh Tits at Askham Bog in early March.

 Sanderling at Fraisthorpe in early March

Great Grey dot at the York Tilmire SSSI