Sunday 7 April, to Het landje van Geijsel.
As we arrive, a chaffinch sings.
Hundreds of wigeons. Yesterday, a thousand wigeons were counted here. Today, still many, but less than a thousand. Maybe that is because today is basically the first day this April when the weather is starting to look like spring. The cold north-east wind of previous days has stopped. It is sunny. That may have led some wigeons and other birds to stop waiting, and to continue their spring migration.
Quite some black-tailed godwits. Northern lapwings on muddy islets. Jackdaws near the hide.
Redshanks. Some show courting behaviour; though we did not see a mating.
Black-headed gulls, common gulls and a lesser black-backed gull.
Shoveler ducks; and scores of teal.
Three Egyptian geese flying.
A curlew flying.
A male pintail duck, resting on a bank.
A great cormorant flying.
A little ringed plover. It is trampling the mud to catch worms. Like its much bigger distant relatives, herring gulls, sometimes do.
Two snipe close to the hide. They fly away.
Two grey lag geese flying.
A barnacle goose flying.
A common sandpiper on a muddy islet.
Unlike two years ago, no sign of ring-necked parakeets nesting in the tree near the hide.
- Rutland Water Visit June 29th 2013 (abbeybirder.wordpress.com)
- Young black-headed gulls learn to fly (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- The 20k Walk around Mersea Island, 20/7/13 (bitterbirder.wordpress.com)
- Duck numbers remain far above average, leading to optimism about this fall’s seasons (oregonlive.com)
- Upton Warren Nature Reserve Visit 12 June 2013 (abbeybirder.wordpress.com)
- Bittern, avocet chick, butterflies (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard phalaropes, snow buntings, and king eiders (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Kuwait birds, bat and dragonflies (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Svalbard red-throated divers and long-tailed ducks (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)