Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Far Ings NNR 1-6-11

We set off today bleary eyed, at the crack of dawn, to do our Far Ings Bird Study group breeding surveys and also to do our Bittern watches.
It was a bit chilly and blustery but we did get a touch of sunshine here and there.
Whilst in "Reedy Hide" we kept hearing a tap-tap-tap on the back of the hide so I of course had to try and see what was making the noise. I crept slowly and quietly out of the hide and was delighted to see a parent Treecreeper with two newly fledged youngsters :) They soon flew off when they saw me but I managed to catch up with one a few minutes later and rattled off a few shots.
We had good views of Marsh Harrier on and off and also heard a Cuckoo calling in the distance a few times. Also seen were Turtle Dove, an all too brief flash of Kingfisher that paid a quick visit to Ness Lake and a brief glimpse of a Bittern.

Marsh Harrier

Reed Warbler

All in all a nice jolly round the patch :)

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