Monday, 8 February 2010

Success in the Snow!

Slightly behind schedule I arrived to hear a Cetti's Warbler singing at the east end, as the snow began to fall more heavily. A brisk walk to the lake produced early calling Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers. I started to circle the lake continually scanning every piece of reed, when, arriving at the corner, not one, but two Bitterns took flight, for no apparent reason. They 'croaked' to each other as they circled into the sky, then slowly returned back from whence they came! I continued round, creeping toward where they landed. A single bird was seen walking into deeper reeds - I had hoped it would 'freeze', as they do, but it seemed unaware of my presence and disappeared. I tried to search from strategic points, but to no avail and, after a few minutes, decided to leave them, not wanting to disturb there serenity!
22 Tufted Duck were counted around the area, as well as at least 9 Cormorants (increasing in number). 10 Bullfinches were noted in groups of 3, 5 and 2 and at least 2 pairs of Marsh Tit. A Collared Dove flew over!
An atmospheric Barn Owl appeared.
Late afternoon a Common Buzzard was seen S of Whinburgh and a large flock of corvids, numbering c 2000 birds were near Hingham.

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