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Lunchtime murk

Posted by on January 6, 2013 8:43 PM | 

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Nipped down to Marshside for an hour or two early this afternoon as visibility cruelly promised to improve and brighten briefly before a return to misty murk.
Marshside Two busy with all the usuals, but I wandered out onto the Sandplant and met up with Trops and Teal Hunt for a scan over the outer, misty, murky marsh.
Both were on fine form - anyone would think we have an adventure planned.
Mipits, Skylarks etc over the marsh, with the young male Hen Harrier quartering about at range, regularly spooking the Pinkies grazing in the deeper vegetation.

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Hmm, sometimes it's better to leave your camera in your pocket.
Otherwise it was wildfowl a go-go on the reserve, with quackers starting to get fruity in the mild conditions - the Avocets will be back before you know it, although where they'll sit down is anyone's guess if the water levels don't start falling.

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Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...

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Full song from my local Blackbirds this morning, about 4 weeks earlier than normal! Another 30 species exhibiting pre-nuptial behaviour in varying degrees in this very mild winter (thus far) include:-
Mute Swan; Canada Goose;Wigeon;Mallard;Teal; Pheasant; Fulmar; Buzzard; Herring Gull; Feral Pigeon; Woodpigeon; Collared Dove; Skylark; Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted Woodpeckers; Pied Wagtail; Wren; Dunnock; Robin;Song and Mistle Thrushes; Coal, Blue and Great Tits; Magpie; Rook; Raven; Starling, House Sparrow and Goldfinch.
Spring is icumeth in?

Ring Necked Parakeet over Litte Crosby.

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