Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Moore NR,

A visit to the eastern reedbed first today to take a peek at the bitterns. One obliged floating over the reeds in the morning sun after a half an hour wait. A pair of wigeon on here also.
It was then back up to birchwood pool. A bullfinch flew across the path on the way to the hide. There were lots of gulls on show and the first gull of note was seen before I had even put my scope down. A 2nd w or 3rd w iceland gull . A grey mantled bird with very pale wings was seen for about 3 seconds before the lot went up .It would have been nice to have had a good look at this bird. The gulls were so flighty today. A good start and it was not long before a 1stw glaucous gull arrived and stayed for an hour or so. A kingfisher shot across the pool and landed on a overhanging branch. 4 adult yellow legged gulls were seen throughout the day. Early afternoon produced another iceland gull ,this time a first winter. A different bird to the one I saw on Friday. Not a sniff of a casp today but all in all an excellent days birdwatching.

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