Friday, May 04, 2007

Stodmarsh Sunday 29th April 2007


Green Woodpecker (above right female Marsh Harrier) From left to right, Female Pochard, Male Mallard, Male Pochard
Sedge Warbler
Whitethroat
Male Marsh Harrier
Reed Bunting

This was a pre-organised birdforum (www.birdforum.net) meeting. With birdforum members Robinm and wife, Robski, Perry Grin, michealmacey and daughter, Page and MickeyMouse. We had an excellent day. Robski had some trouble with his car and caught up after an AA man came and saved the day. One of the first birds was a male Cuckoo that we first heard calling and then located in a dead tree. This was another one of my bogey birds that I have been looking for for a long time without success until now. Further on we went up on the ramp and saw Garganey, a drake and another first for me. There was also a Little Egret, Ruffs, Redshanks and a Green Sandpiper. There were House and sand Martins, Swallows and Swifts feeding over the pond, skimming. we also saw Cetti's Warbler around there, a few Marsh Harrier Sedge and Reed Warblers as well as Bearded Tits flying low over the reeds. A bit further on the walk we saw some Whitethroat. As we got to the next hide there was a few pairs of Pochards, a Greylag Goose and 2 Mute Swans. and we got some very good views of Marsh Harrier. We moved on to the next hide where there was a Greenshank and loads of Swifts. As we moved on I spotted a Hobby fly past briefly and later on in the next hide we got distant but prolonged views of them hunting. Unfortunately my mum had been waiting in the car for a few hours and was a bit ill so we had to leave the others and head back. On the way back I saw more Whitethroat, a Green Woodpecker, Great-crested Grebe, Coal Tit Stock Dove and heard Blackcap and Goldfinch. I saw a lovely family of two newly fledged baby Mistle Thrushes and some House Sparrows. All together I saw 57 species, including many year birds and two new birds (Cuckoo and Garganey).


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