Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Another Canny Weekend

Great morning at St Marys on Sunday as I popped down to look at the American Golden Plover again.  Still quite distant but great viewing through the scope.

Then up to Big Waters where Gadwall were up to 53 and Wigeon at 45 although there were only 3 Teal.  Other birds at Big Waters over the weekend included 5 Snipe, Jay, up to 4 Water Rail, only 1 Tufted was seen, 40+ Greylag, there were 6 Canada Geese the first ones for a few weeks, a couple of Goldcrest, 5 Pied Wagtail, a couple of Buzzard, Skylark and Meadow Pipit.   On Saturday there were quite a few Darters and Hawkers on view as the weather improved.  

We stood trying to count a small family part of Long-tailed Tits but could only get up to 4 as they kept changing direction and going back on themselves.

In the feeding station all went quiet as a Magpie sat on one of the main perches with a somewhat familiar blurry shape behind it

A quick change of focus and the situation became clearer

Eventually the Magpie scarpered and the Sparrowhawk sat alone for a few minutes.

Finally a short video of the Sparrowhawk surveying its empire

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