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Posted by on December 27, 2012 6:22 PM | 

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I guess surviving another Yule and a Mayan Apocalypse combined is source for some seasonal cheer, although I have to say, my hangover on Christmas morning was far more apocalyptic than anything those naughty obsidian-obsessed Mexicans ever came up with (but don't let Mrs D know that, I think I just about got away with it...).
Still, with a new digi-camera from Santa to try out I headed up to Marshside yesterday, at the precise moment the heavens opened and another downpour set in for the afternoon.
Not the best conditions for such jiggery-pokery.
Impressive numbers of wildfowl, Golden Plover and other waders on Marshside Two though, so it might be worth another look if the sun ever comes out again.

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Only sensible thing to do is attempt to get used to digiscoping through the window at Dempsey Towers - Blackbirds okay, sadly the Brambling that are calling into the feeders occasionally are not so amenable.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Afternoon at Marshside 27/12: Spoonbill (distant on Banks / Crossens), male Hen Harrier, single Barnacle with Pinks on Crossens Outer and neck-band PJV with the ones on Suttons. Thousands of Wigeon and Teal, hundreds of Blackwits and Golden Plovers.
Counted 750 Whoopers near Bescar earlier with 59 Corn Buntings on Churchtown Moss en route to Marshside.

My overwintering male Blackcap is still here in the garden (since 17 November).
On the feeders most days and often in the bird bath with all the rough House Sparrows and Starlings.
He also spends a lot of time pecking the white flowers off the Arbutus Unedo (Strawberry Tree), it must remind him of winters in the Med!
Nice surprise at midday today when 6 'trilling' Waxwings landed briefly in the topmost twigs of one of my Birches.

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