Wednesday, May 5, 2010

3rd May, 2010.

A nice day , with plenty of sun, but cold due to the northerly wind.

A flock of 63 Light bellied Brent Geese at the head of Loch Indaal in the early morning held one ringed bird ( yellow above another ring) that tantalisingly went into a lens of water and stood still!! Eventually I'd to leave without the confirmation!

After some routine survey work I spent time within the Ballygrant Woods, which was warmer and also a great pleasure given the spring flowers in evidence. Good numbers of Willow Warbler were present, Blackcap, Chiffchaff and Lesser Redpoll. Equal satisfaction arose from the presence of several singing Wrens on territory, good numbers of Great Tit ( less so of Blue Tit as in Bridgend Woods ) and three singing Goldcrest. The male Ring-necked Duck was still present along with a few Tufted Duck.

Visits to other sites produced nothing new, a situation over which the continuing northerly winds must be exerting some influence.

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