Thursday, 5 April 2012

Just Like Fair Isle

I've only had about an hour out birding today, and most of this time was spent at the Borrow Pit ISeaton Marshes) this afternoon after a text from Dad.
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On the water, this group of four Tufted Ducks were looking very much at home...

Three males and a female

But the 'Fair Isle' title of this post came thanks to the surrounding fence line. A group of at least ten Willow Warblers were working their way along this fence line in a tight group, often perching on the fence and posts before dropping down into the grass to feed - they looked superb! But what made the experience even better, was this...

A cracking male Redstart

The other small bit of birding today for me was a quick look along the Estuary early afternoon. The Blackwit flock looks stunning right now - and big too with 67 today. There are still a few of the Axe Estuary's colour-ringed birds in the flock - we have been used to seeing these all winter...

This is GOW; note the Axe Estuary's YRY combination on the right leg though

But today, this bird was also in the flock...

Not one of ours!

The Axe Estuary Ringing Group doesn't use flags (notice the red one below the orange ring on the right leg). And obviously it is also lacking the yellow red yellow combination. I have sent an email, and hopefully will soon learn where it was ringed and where it has been in the meantime...

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