Monday, 9 January 2017

Misty North Cave Wetlands

A mild, misty morning, with wafts of fog coming and going with the occasional sunny spell. The wetlands looked fantastic, although it was mostly too dark for good photography. In the viewing area, a Rook was hanging from a feeder, and a Green Woodpecker feeding on the ground. The maize field feeders had a flock of Tree Sparrow, two Marsh Tits, which were a first in the reserve for me, and a Brambling that didn't stay long. From Turret hide, four Shelducks were displaying and chasing and a Stoat was also seen. 
At the end of the N path we spotted a Stock dove on the nest box and a kestrel, but we were approached by a very friendly Robin, who posed for a good ten minutes. I managed some very close, macro shots.
 Missed on the Mandarin, which has been a while on the reserve, but had a Marsh Harrier on a post to finish off a lovely morning. Overall, 53 bird species and 23 to the year list.
Marsh Tits.
Tree Sparrows.
Rook rummaging under the feeders.
A Magpie on the elder bush by maize field.
A view of island lake.
Male Kestrel.
An extremely tame and inquisitive Robin loved to have its shot taken, this was on macro setting, on the fence at the end of north path.
Many flocks of gulls returning to roost passed over, these are Black-headed gulls, which were hard to find on the reserve itself.
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