Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Male FIRECREST still present at East Hyde

Spent alot of time up at East Hyde today, probably one of the people who was up there the longest (from 10am and leaving around 2.30pm). In that time i repeatedly saw the male FIRECREST, it was spotted by a small group of birders in the trees nearest and opposite the bridge, after spending some time watching it it was obvious that it had a very set routine where it would work it's way along the treeline, often staying at the back of the trees rather than the road/bridge side before returning back to the beginning again. This made it a very easy bird to view but due to the poor lighting on the side it frequented and it's very quick darting movement it was a hard bird to keep up with and especially hard to photograph! Saying that it showed well, never left this tree-line and was there all day so as far as Firecrests go it's got to be worth going to see! The Little Owl was both inside and outside its hole showing well in the sun, Red Kites, Buzzards, Wrens, Chaffinches, Great, Blue and Long-tailed Tits were all present as were Mallard, Little Grebe, Teal, Canada Geese, Magpies, Blackbirds, Robins and Gulls. No Snipe or Jack Snipe were seen in the time I was there nor Green Sandpiper, I think a Water Rail was seen and a Grey Heron put on a great display coming close to the bridge and in the space of 45mins eating 2 Frogs and 1 Vole. Overall a great day, lots of birders and photographers all enjoyed great views of the Firecrest and lots of local's passing by were also shown the bird or at least told of it. Photos should appear on my blog ( sometime tonight! (Ben)

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