short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

short eared owl - Thorpe Marshes

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Surlingham Marshes and yet another Patch Tick!

 After work yesterday i nipped down to Surlingham after hearing through Jim that he had seen a Northern Bullfinch there in the morning.I picked up on a group of 3x Bullfinches along the river and noticed one was slightly larger .I unfortunately lost em quickly as they flew off further along the path.I caught up with some Bullfinches a little further but unfortunately i never caught up with this bird again and did int have the confirmation of hearing it calling as Jim did earlier .Anyway Jim popped back down as i was thinking of leaving and we both got gassin about the Northern Bullfinch he had seen earlier whiling walking back past the shooting range and checkin the Marshes,As we did a flock of 50+ Teal took to air and in turn alerted us to a Ringtail Hen Harrier! We got super views as it flew right across where we were standing . A fantastic bird and well worth hanging on that bit later for.
 Other birds i picked up were: Kingfisher, 3x Goldcrests, 3x Siskins,  21x Fieldfare , Redwing,3x Mistle Thrushes ,calling Reed Bunting and Greater Spotted Woodpecker. Of note 240x Greylag Geese were on the Woods end marsh . A very rewarding hours birding!
 Lunch time today i got a call from James that there was a Gooseander  down at the Patch. I was only 5 minutes away so i nipped down and James still being there pointed it out.It was minding its own business and just sitting on the water .As i watched it  through the Scope for a nice close up view it took off- i literally got there in the nick of time !
A big thanks to James for the heads up,even though im sure its still about but just in case its not im glad i caught up with it while i did.

Gooseander (picture by James)

 Happy birding,

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