Hail's View

I braved the ice-cold north-easterly winds and light snow this morning for a short pre-work birding trip to Hail's View. With plenty of layers it wasn't unbearable for me, but must be difficult for the birds who were quick to take my offering of seeds that I put down on the fence posts; 2 Dunnocks, 3 Robins and 3 Great Tits were in attendance. One of the Dunnocks was ringed and I recall seeing a ringed Dunnock here probably two years ago. It was ringed in Hardham and I wonder if it's the same one. I wasn't able to read the ring on either occasion though unfortunately. Much of the marsh is frozen except for the odd patches, which was where the few wildfowl that are left had gathered. Occasionally loud rumbles could be heard as the ice moved where the water still flows in the streams. 3 Buzzards made a noisy entrence from the Amberley direction, grappling and tumbling with each other. Amongst the still-numerous Lapwing I spotted 2 Black-tailed Godwits and a smaller wader which I eventually concluded was a Dunlin. It was very distant, but looked less than 50% the size of the Lapwing and I considered whether it could be stint, but I don't think it was small or pale enough. A heard only Lesser Redpoll was the only other notable recording. 

Great Tit

Great Tit 

Dunnock

Lapwing

Lapwing

Dunlin






Comments

Popular Posts