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Friday, 16 April 2010

Evening Surprise


With flights grounded across the whole country due to the Icelandic volcanic dust cloud over the UK & Europe it seemed if the birds were respecting the no fly zone too. Yesterday (Thursday 15 April) There were no Sand Martins over Corton Cliffs, the only birds seen were 7 Redwings which flew from the bushes west of the old Corton Sewage works. 19 Sky Larks were seen feeding on the grass north west of the Sewage works, a large "t" had been carved out the grass, an ominous sign of development?

This evening, a call from Roger C had me driving to Bure Park, Great Yarmouth and I parked and walked over to the stretch of water which initially only had Mallards and Tufted Ducks on it but first, a female Garganey and then a male Garganey swam out. They fed by the edge then swam out and when they upended showed no rings. They also took to flight when people got too close and were a very smart pair of diminutive ducks. They then swam to the far end before again venturing closer on the water before going back into the reeds. Roger C, Morris B, Peter C, John H and Phil H all arrived.

I drove to Ashby Church and saw Rob W, Andrew E, Justin W & Roger C and we looked down a hedge row, 2 fields south of Ashby Church, initially we couldn't see our quarry until late on Andrew E spotted it hop out a super male Ring Ouzel with silvery wings and white crescent on it's breast. It then dived back into the hedge and flew towards us on the other side of the hedge before flying up and briefly perched reasonably close showing the white gorget on it's breast and the silvery wings briefly before it flew down onto the field for a minute before it flew back and disappeared behind a large tree.
As we started to walk back the seven whistler call of a group of 4 plus 2, 6 Whimbrel in total flying directly overhead northwards concluded this evening's birds.

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