Thursday, 13 January 2011

Over wyre, Lancs: 13th Jan 2011.

The same adult Bewick's Swan on the right in both photos is ringed, yellow darvic on right leg, metal ring on left, but way too distant to read unfortunatley.

Four hours driving along the lanes of Over Wyre today failed to produce any other Goose species amongst the couple of thousand or so Pink-feet I was able to go through with the scope, a 'leucistic' PG the Goose 'highlight'.

Sighting of the day had to go to the wonderful herd of 16 Bewick's Swan (8xad, 8x1stw) with 42 Whoopers at Eagland Hill. A Merlin showed well on a post at the same location and a Barn Owl was quartering fields along Bradshaw Lane at 14:50.

26 Corn Bunting, 4 Yellowhammer and 3 Tree Sparrow were in the vicinity of the feeding station.

Back to Blackburn for the Fishmoor Res Gull roost, but nothing of interest for the third successive evening. I haven't seen the juv Iceland Gull since the 10th, the roost being both unsettled and reduced in size from the week before.