Tuesday, 9 November 2010

The Orange Blob

Brambling, Hale Woods
Visited Hale on Saturday after the report of a Ruddy Shelduck on Friday, seen from the hide at Pickerings Pasture (on the other side of Hale Marsh). After scanning the marsh I found a distant orange blob in with Canada Geese, but it was to far away to say whether it was Ruddy, Cape, or one of the weird hybrids that knock about. Other birds in the area included a Perregrine, 4 Buzzards, Sparrowhawk, Tawny Owl, 3 Grey Partridge, a mixed flock near the lighthouse contained at least 100 Skylarks (with more passing over), and 2 Brambling in the woods.

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Anonymous said...

Visited pickering pastures yesterday. At the bird hide, managed to see a little Egret, Kingfisher, 6 teal, Common buzzard and 2 Comorants. On the path that leads to the Runcorn bridge I managed to see 5 Comorants, 2 Grey Herons, 2 more Common Buzzards and a male Kestrel. At the bird feeding station there were Greenfinches, chaffinches, 2 greater spotted woodpeckers, house sparrow, good numbers of tits, 3 robins and a brown hare