Had a really nice day today with a couple of people new to birding. So there was lots see as ever at Dunge. The day started with probably our highlight, on the way to the obs. when a female MERLIN showed really well and was intent on chasing Magpies and a Crow, we probably watched it for nearly 10 minutes, it flew right passed the car on a couple occasions and gave reasonable scope views when stopped for a breather every so often. Heading on to the Observatory, we managed to see several Siskins and Redpolls being ringed, great to see close up.
We went to the reserve next and walked the trail. Duck numbers are starting to build, WIGEON noticeably on the increase and a few PINTAIL about. There were 2 female GOLDENEYE on ARC and across the reserve SHOVELER were in various stages of eclipse. A deep call alerted us to 2 RAVENS flying over Burrowes Pit and several CETTI'S WARBLERS called from a few areas around the reserve and we heard BEARDED TITS at Christmas Dell hide but they only showed briefly in flight. A single STONECHAT was outside Dengemarsh Hide. We ended the day on around 60 species and managed a great meal in The Pilot!!
|Great Crested Grebe on Hooker's Pit|