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Saturday, 8 February 2020

Cooling Marshes - Snow Buntings and Lambs

Not a bad little survey, with the Storm forecast for the Sunday it was a no brainer to undertake it on Saturday and it turned out quite well. On the way out 2 or 3 Corn Buntings were singing and a distant Marsh Harrier and Common Buzzard were also seen.

Wigeon were present in large numbers, very likely up in the air and flocking due to the Tiercel which was later seen doing the same to around 3000 Starlings.

A pair of Ravens were seen initially on the deck and then seen flying west towards Cliffe, no wild Geese other than 3 Dark Bellied Brent’s.

Birds of the day however will go to 5 Snow Buntings feeding along the sea wall, initially just 2 were seen but 5 suddenly materialised into a small flock which gave good views to Paul and myself.

It looked like 4 males in varying stages of plumage and a female, great to see these colourful little Buntings, not a common bird in our part of the world.

No sign of the Richard’s Pipit but we did get to see a Ewe having just produced a lamb, I suspect quite a shock to the little chap as it was none to warm. 

The membrane was still around it which she was eating, can’t recall seeing one this early in the year either but I might be wrong. 

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