Wednesday, 5 January 2011

A Brief Update from Murky Blashford

It is still really quite dark in the mornings, despite this I did manage to see a small flock of about 15 black-tailed godwit on Ibsley Water, but not much else. Although I did not see one today, bittern was seen by several people from the Ivy North hide, at least once two together. There was also Cetti's warbler and water rail, but still no sign of the bearded tit pair.

Otherwise the numbers of brambling still continue to rise with some very fine males amongst them. A possible common or "Mealy" redpoll was once again reported from the woodland hide along with the lesser redpoll and siskin feeding on the nyger seed.

The drizzle really got going in the afternoon making it almost too dark to see anything by half past three. I had a quick look for yesterday's iffy gull, without success, but there was an adult Mediterranean gull. On the subject of the odd gull, I am pretty sure it must have been a small first-winter lesser black-backed gull, although I still cannot explain the pale, black-tipped bill.

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