Saturday, 12 March 2011

Winter Visitors.

Report. R.Lane 12th March 2011

Went out after butterflies this morning but found nothing but cloud ! However saw several species of birds (in capitols) that will be leaving us soon, having wintered locally. For instance, at Pontsmill were 5+, REDWING, 1 x KINGFISHER (a surprise here, flying close to the stream but down woodland paths!); Also resident Dipper, Nuhatch and all the Tit family at the feeders (except Willow-tit of course).
Another winterer (?) at St.Andrews Pond was a single WATER RAIL, a species which possibly reached double figures at Par plus St.Ands this winter.
Nothing of note on Par Pond (save 1 x TUFTED DUCK, which will soon be gone). No hirundines, this morning, but this afternoon's rain may bring down a Sd.Martin or two (we should be so lucky!).
On the sea I could only find 5+,G.C.GREBES (some gone?), but a good count of SEVEN x COMM.EIDER, which may stay on into summer, not being mature enough to mate until their 3rd year.

I am sure double figure Water Rails at St Andrews is correct. I personally saw 4 the last time I visited.

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