Thursday, 1 March 2012

North Duff Goose Watch

Had a quick hour down at North Duffield this afternoon, highlight was a Bar-headed Goose that flew down the valley with 6 Greylags. (News from those further up the valley was that it was flushed by a couple of Hot Air Balloons from Wheldrake - we were watching these flush the birds in the distance).

Unfortunately the goose didn't land and was lost as it went over the hide. Very distinctive though, even in flight.

Other birds noted on the reserve included Curlew - about 40 odd, several Mute Swan, 1 Canada Goose, 50-60 Greylag Goose, Gadwall, Teal, Wigeon, Mallard, Moorhen, 2 Kestrel and 2 Barn Owl. A Ruff flew straight through towards Bubwith where there was a decent flock of Lapwing present. Several Reed Bunting were noted coming in to roost and the air was full of the song of Skylark

Gadwall (Phonescoped)

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