Sunday, January 28, 2007
The wind was strong from the West this morning and quite cool, however the cloud soon cleared into a nice sunny day.
I popped down the 'the bay' for a chat with the lads this morning, my first visit here this year. One or two good birds were here even though the wind and water levels conspired against us. Of note - 1 ad female Peregrine watched on three occasions both perched and in flight, once mobbing a Buzzard, 1 daylight hunting Barn Owl, 1 red head Smew, 9+ Shovelers, 4+ Little Grebes and 2 Whooper Swans arrived from the south.
The wildfowl gave a colourful show on the little pond in the morning sunshine, with drake Wigeon, Shoveler and Teal all competing for 'man of the match'. Shovelers just about take it, nudged into the lead by that drake taking a pop at a coot for no apparent reason.