Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Blue-winged Teal - Wheldrake Update

Lots of local birders have been grilling Wheldrake all day with no sign of the drake Blue-winged Teal that was seen late yesterday evening by several of the regulars after a cracking find by Ollie. It's more than likely still there but given the limited viewing locations and the vast amount of potential foraging areas it may prove tricky to actually catch up with it again.

There appeared to be a trickle of passage birds this morning with over a dozen Yellow Wagtail noted flying low north, with several others new in the fields through my dog walk circuit. There was also a 'new' Common Whitethroat in today too.

I was working from home today so made sure I had the window open all day so I could listen out for interesting birds. Highlights included Green Woodpecker, Blackcap, Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff, with Lesser Whitethroat and Linnet (seen at lunch time) all noted. The latter two new garden birds. Several House Martin and Swallow were noted on passage with the 'resident' pair still foraging over the house. Raptors noted included Sparrowhawk and distant Buzzard and a very frustrating glimpse at a falcon sp...

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