Saturday, 4 February 2012

Ruff Weather

The cold spell continues with most of the lake and beds frozen. About 150+ Redwing yesterday heralded some further hard weather migration today. 9 Pintail flew SW, a Curlew and a Ruff were on the Southern Lake, I missed 2 Grey Plover, 2 Dunlin remained and passerine numbers included 60+ Fieldfare, 170+ Redwing, 80+ Linnet, 30+ Goldfinch. 30+ Chaffinch, 15 Skylark, 5 Reed Bunting, 4 Pied Wagtail, 3 Meadow Pipit and 1000+ Starling. A lot of the ducks and the Lapwings have left the site. Also 2 Green Sandpiper and 10 Snipe. A Buzzard yesterday. Also a 2nd win Iceland Gull.

First-winter Ruff

First-winter Ruff (note contrast in the coverts indicating a first winter bird)

Curlew (flew out of long grass on the banks of the southern lake)

A flock of 9 Pintail heading SW.

Juvenile Sparrowhawk

Skylark- one of 15 on the mounds

Shovelers- the majority of ducks have left the site

Beddington on Ice

Some more photos here from Roger including Jack Snipe:

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