Friday, 12 December 2014

Pintail and Peregrines

Spent an hour or two up at Stithians this afternoon with Samuel P, it wasn't actually raining or particularly windy for a minor change. From the Stuart Hutchings hide/south side -

c140 Canada Goose
1 hybrid Canada/Greylag (?)
50+ Teal
40+ Wigeon
60+ Mallard
15+ Tufted Duck
2 Pintail (mf)
1 Goldeneye
20+ Little Grebe
4 Little Egret
6 Common Gull
147 Lapwing (in flight only)
3 Peregrine Falcon (1 with a Coot kill, a pair later in flight and on the shore.)
1 Kestrel
2 Buzzard

1 Slavonian Grebe in the first inlet north of the southern nature reserve area on the west side, and 3 Pochard from the northern cutoff. Also around the western side were 4 Stonechat and 3+ Bullfinch, 30 Starling and a few Redwing and Meadow Pipits.

Peregrine on its kill

Slavonian Grebe

Attempted to count the birds at the feeders -

2 Reed Bunting
12+ Chaffinch
1 Goldfinch
3 Greenfinch
3 Great Tit
3 Blue Tit
5 Dunnock
2 Blackbird
1 Robin
1 Water Rail

and in the vicinity

1 Great Spotted Woodpecker
1 Chiffchaff calling
1 Red Fox (asleep in the sedges on the far side).

Some nice birds today - good to see the Slavonian Grebe still present and with half decent views, and the cracking drake Pintail - Stithians tick for me (going to be a few more of those to come). Just arrived too late to see the Peregrine in action but always pretty awesome to see these raptors well.

Reed Bunting and Chaffinch

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