short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

local patch visits and a couple of new species...

I have made two visits to the patch in the last 4 days . The main attraction has been a Ferruginous Duck that i have yet to see but have enjoyed watching the variety of Wildfowl that has gathered on the broad itself. I picked up :
 Snipe x3,Teal  x6, Gadwall x18, Pochard x2 and Tufted x18. As i left speaking to local birder Mike a nice hoovering Kestrel overhead and then 8x Pied Wagtails off to roost (wonder where?) were a nice end.
 The weekend i was able to catch up with the Western Sandpiper.I'm probably the only birder left to have not seen it as being a new dad now i just haven't found the time but luckily it has stayed around and i was rewarded with some close up views from the hide.

 I had time to nip in at Kelling on my way home to see the flock of Redpolls that have been enjoying the food that has been put out in a garden by a friendly birder.Cracking views of 2x Artic s and a rather smart Mealy among the flock of Lessers. Really great to have em this close and even managed a few ok photos (once again on my phone ,so bit rough!)
  Super mornings work !

Happy Birding,

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