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Monday, May 30, 2011

Patch Tick!

I've not managed to get to Hatfied Forest or Rye Meads for a few weeks so I headed off early to the Forest. I was keen to find out how the Terns and Grebes were getting on.

There were lots of birds flitting about and I hadn't got to the main part before I was distracted by a Great Spotted Woodpecker. I saw something move at the top of some trees .... ah just a Great Tit hang on what's that sitting there? WOW! Spotted Flycatcher a patch tick!! I know they are one of the last migrants but it seems late for one to be in the Forest doesn't it?

On I went seeing a Fox on the way.

There was a Tern up flying and one sat on the raft so it looks promising that they are going to breed!!





This Heron kept flying across the lake!







There were still 3 Grebe chicks (2 + 1), lots of Goslings (mostly Greylags and a family of Canada's













So off to Rye Meads. A few families of Little Grebes with chicks.
















There are only 5 pairs of Terns (impacted by the number of Black Headed Gulls).

A bit of Duck Porn!!














A really lovely stroll around some nice places.

3 comments:

Tricia said...

Love the Mallard with the stream of water...

Ragged Robin said...

Nice pics, Pete. Well done on the patch tick!
Love the photos of the dabchick and young.

Anonymous said...

hey mister, I think there's a horse in your soup. or is it a bird? Thats a great shot. I thought it was a horse.