Friday, 10 December 2010

Local Patching

It was nice to get some local birding done at Rainton Meadows yesterday. I had planned to go down and study the gulls, however there wasn't any on the reserve! So instead I sat and waited for the Bittern that didn't show, so I wandered off and I managed 2 Snipe and flight and a Woodcock at a distance. Sadly no sign of any Owls on this visit, however the definite highlight was a Peregrine that came over the pond and had a go at the Mallards unsuccessfully, it was an adult and clearly a male as nearly as soon as he had flown in and missed the Mallards he was joined by a much larger female. They both flew off together over toward to open country, no doubt hunting together and must be a pair. Sadly the views weren't the best, mainly silhouettes but it was great to see the male and the female together so locally.

Until next time, Foghorn out!

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