Sunday, 20 March 2011
More local action..
Gaining a bit of height in the fens, © Mike Weedon
Not a bad weekend, both weather and bird-wise locally. Still no true migrants (apart from a few singing Chiffs), but some nice bits. It turns out there are a pair of Smew on my patch, and today (Sunday) there was an impressive influx of Tufted Ducks.
Highlight of the weekend was an adult Dark-bellied Brent Goose along Deeping High Bank on Saturday 19th. First seen in flight after being flushed by a passing glider, the bird then settled in fields on the opposite side of the river. It was often tucked up behind the far bank, thus requiring some athleticism to view (above). This only my second Brent in the Peterborough area, following one my Dad and I found along the same stretch of river in November 2003!