Thursday, 9 April 2015

Brecks and Strumpshaw update

Yesterday Jim, James Ricky and I went to the Brecks (you may well have read Jims blog so I wont write the same report again...)

The highlights were:
-Seeing three Stone Curlews, the first I have seen properly for a few years, good to hear these are doing well again.
-Watching a firecrest feeding well on the ground, never seen this myself before, it seemed quite happy feeding amongst the bluebell and daffodil leaves, an odd site though.

-Seeing male Goshawk in full display in view for 15 mins or so, another male was seen elsewhere too, cant get enough of these brilliant birds!

The lowlights were dipping Golden Pheasant, Willow tit, Hawfinch and Lesser Pecker. Oh well cant be too greedy!

Strumpshaw area has seen its first arrival of migrants with Blackcap and Chiffchaffs certainly very evident throughout the reserve The male Marsh Harriers which are now busy showing off to the ladies, good to see some familiar birds returning including our very pale/dark contrasting bird which is often called Hen Harrier as well as some new birds I have not seen before, always good for the gene pool! Willow Warblers due to be singing all over by the weekend I would have thought! Sedge Warblers cant be far away either!


This appears to be a hybrid of sorts Mallard x Gadwall??

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