Friday, 26 March 2010

The Forgotten Corner

Out and about this morning, I stumbled upon a very nice bit of habbo. It's certainly somewhere I haven't been checking, but will be now...

Lots of ditches, pools, puddles, bits of juncus, muddy edges, etc...

This is the most south westerly field of the marshes south of Seaton Marsh. I have always thought this area would be too close to the hustle and bustle of Seaton Town life, but all the passing cyclists, dog walkers, joggers, etc didn't make the flock of 60 Wigeon and few Teal even flinch! There was also a flock of 15 Pied Wagtails here with one lovely male White Wag.

I will be keeping a close eye on this area, stay tuned....

I didn't actually see much this morning, at all! Ian Mc and Alan (from Dorset) did well though today with our first Osprey and Willow Warbler of the year.

The Estuary showed the same wader selection as the previous couple of weeks, and the drake Gadwall was still by the tram sheds - showing a little better than usual...

Our resident grey beauty!!

Although it was showing closer today, it still wasn't quite as confiding as the Mallards...

Don't care what anyone says, but what a stunning bird! Just look at that head!!!

And I shall finish this post with a photo of a bird which is VERY important to me....if it wasn't for this bird this blog wouldn't exist...

Many many MANY years ago in Surrey, Dad was looking out the window and noticed a different bird in with the local Sparrows. Wandering around the local marshes (Runnymede, near Egham) he saw quite a few of these striking birds, and soon worked out what they were. This bird was the reason my Dad got in to birding all those years ago - whilst dodging charging Woolly Mammoths and pouncing Saber-toothed Tigers!! ;-)

And if he hadn't got in to birding, then neither would I....

Thank you Reed Bunting. And thank you Dad xxx

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