Sub- header

Sub- header

Monday, 13 April 2009

Fogbound Migrants


Whilst, checking the Lowestoft Oval, I was pleased to see the adult female Ring Ouzel was still feeding near the white cricket screen and continued to show well until a "considerate" motorised hang-glider owner decided to start the motor on his glider. Fortunately, I was able to show this bird to my friend Norman who was delighted to see it. Initially the hang-glider pilot didn't flush the Ring Ouzel until he promptly flew his hellish machine directly over the Oval, which flushed everything at 12.30pm including the Ring Ouzel which flew over to the trees by Flycatcher alley.
I received a message stating there was a Spoonbill at Benacre Broad, and within 40 minutes I was sitting in the hide staring out over a very foggy Broad.
We could see very little due to the fog covering most of the Broad, save for a fine displaying pair of Great Crested Grebes. But as the fog "waxed and waned" we were finally able to see the Spoonbill, preening itself with its spatular shaped bill.
Early evening saw me searching the bushes round the River Hundred on the Benacre side and we were eventually rewarded with views, of the object of my quest, a fine migrant Wryneck perched up on a bare twig. It soon dropped down never to be see again! The picture of the Wryneck was taken on Scilly last October. Nearby a 1st year male Ring Ouzel flew left from a field and perched in a bush to the left of the track. A fine bird, with dark- brown plumage a faint gorget on its breast and prominent silvery wings and lemon-yellow bill.
A fitting avian conclusion to the Easter bank Holiday!


No comments: