tirsdag den 25. oktober 2011

Too much wind

Unfortunately for the second day in a row the wind was far too high to safely erect any nets. Instead of wasting a day however, the team (myself and Rune) took some time birdwatching around Bøtø Nor.

Sightings as follows:

8 Bewick's Swans - 6 Adults and 2 Juveniles
1 Whooper Swan - Adult
6 Mute Swan - 5 Adults and 1 Juvenile.
3 Coot, 5 Goosander, Little Grebe, 8 Spotted Redshank, 2 Grey Plover, 120+ Golden Plover, 60+ Dunlin, 30+ Lapwing, 150+ Starlings, 1 Hen Harrier (female or Juvenile), 1 Peregrine (juvenile), 1 Sparrowhawk (male),1 Buzzard, 40 White-Fronted Geese, 30 + Barnacle Geese, 5 Greylag Geese, 200+ Fieldfare, 50+ Redwings, 1 Mistle Thrush and a scattering of other birds such as Tufted Duck, Shoveler, Teal, Gadwall, Mallard, Hooded Crow, Carrion Crow and Blue tits.

On the way back to the station a juvenile Little Gull gave stunning views as it fluttered along the tideline along the roadside.

At night an attempt was made at Birkemose to catch waders by dazzling, unfortunately it didn't quite work out but we came close to one Sanderling. A lesson was learnt abou dazzling however and there's always next time...

Craig Brookes

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