Monday, 6 February 2017

Retro bittern!

One flushed on Middleton on 28th Jan and headed for the reedbef but harassed by gulls and ended up heading for the golf course

Also otter photographed recently at Middleton

Thanks to Dave for info

Song Thrush welcome. Raptor.... perhaps not

Middleton Nature Reserve.
It was very nice on arrival this morning to be welcomed by a Song Thrush in full song. Also the regularly reported "white" Blackbird was showing well near the entrance. The yellow bill and a few black feathers, clearly identifying it as a male.
A large unidentified raptor was flying around.  Larger than a peregrine with broader wings and obvious fingers. There was no sign of a falconer, and no jesses, so presumably this is an escapee rather than a bird being worked.
To cap a busy visit, three additional adult and one immature mute swan, had disrupted the normal status quo, resulting in several territorial battles.

Mute Swan 7 adult, 5 immature
Moorhen 2
Coot 2
Pochard (male) 1
Gadwall 7
Mallard 6
Teal 6
Little Egret 1
Common Snipe 1
Jack Snipe 1
Cetti's Warbler 1 (one burst of song).