Friday, 29 February 2008


A visit to Oare creek today, where the grey/brown scenery matched the weather, which grew chillier as the morning went on.
Highlights were 123 Avocets (count them, above) .........

......a good number of Widgeon, Teal, Shoveller and Pintail.....

.....and five Ruff including these three.

Also much in evidence were Black-Tailed Godwits, including two having a scrap. I think it was a scrap and not a mating ritual - standing on your partner's head and pecking him/her doesn't seem very romantic.

Returning to Kingsdown, there were plenty of birds on the newly-harrowed field opposite the playing fields - a score of Crows, a dozen Stock Doves, a few Jackdaws, Starlings and Wood Pigeons, 20-30 Chaffinches, two Mistle Thrushes and a Yellowhammer.

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