Sunday, 6 February 2011

Walmsley Goodies.....

Luckily the geese and swans have hung around at Walmsley long enough for me to catch up with them. So, with Mark, Monty and Ash, I ventured north to the sanctuary. As we parked up in the layby and got out of the car we were treated to a flock of 15 Barnacle Geese over the reserve and a short walk to the public hide produced the Pink-footed Goose and Bean Goose (141) in fields to the west. Three Spoonbills were asleep at the back of the main pool and five Black-tailed Godwits flew off. All hell let loose when the 'tundra' Peregrine put in an appearance. It appears a much bigger bird than our regular Peregrines.
Across the main road, the Whooper Swan (142) was with two Mutes.
We tried in vain at a very windy Trevose Head for Corn Buntings, so headed west to Pentire. En-route I noticed a flock of distant birds, which turned out to be Skylark. A short detour to Park Head, National Trust reserve provided us with some amazing views of huge flocks of Skylarks. The two groups totalled over 500 birds and a nearby flock of mixed buntings held, Chaffinch (300+), Yellowhammer (12+), Reed Bunting (10+) and finally three of our quarry species, Corn Bunting (143)!

1 comment:

  1. Hell of a good morning mate , really enjoyed this trip.