Friday, 25 November 2016

A sunny morning at Marloes Mere

A beautiful morning with plenty of birds, though nothing hugely exciting. There were at least 150 visible Teal, all sheltering on the southern lee-side of the tussocks and therefore visible from the barbed-wire gate and the Britton Hide, though how many more there were out of sight can only be imagined. Also quite a few Wigeon, and a supporting cast of Shoveler, Mallard and Gadwall. Something disturbed the Snipe and at one time there were about 40 in the air. Also overhead were Lapwings (75), pipits and plenty of Skylarks, quite a few singing. Flocks of Starlings all around, a few Reed Buntings and perhaps the most exciting bird - a lone Golden Plover in the middle of a grassy field.
PS At Orlandon Kilns at the moment we have 20 Blackbirds, 1 Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 female Blackcap  and a rapidly reducing supply of apples but alas nothing more interesting .....