Monday, 30 March 2009

Pink Wipit

Had a wander round the woodland at Swiss Gardens at lunchtime. Bumped in to Lol, who was having the same luck as I. A nice day to be out, but pretty quiet on the bird front. Calling Nuthatches, Treecreepers, Redwings were all around, but no Lesser Spots, which we were both hoping for.

The evening was spent with Paul again. We trotted over to Octagon Farm - a salubrious location, between an abattoir and a sewage works! Lots of birds were picking their way through the hard standing - 25+ Meadow Pipits (a big increase on recent days), c.30 Pied Wags, 1 White Wag, and 2 Little Ringed Plovers. Not bad. We also had a look over on the pools and immediately found the summer plumaged Water Pipit that's been knocking around. It's plumage has got even smarter in the last week with the flaring supercillium, pink breast and blue/grey mantle shining in the dull evening light.

On our way back home we also dropped in on the resident Tundra Bean Geese, still in their favoured field near Old Warden. They should soon be off. But we've been saying that for the last month...

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