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Old 30-10-18, 08:51 PM
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We went to Castle Espie yesterday, which is the WWT reserve in Northern Ireland. It was nice to see a few pale-bellied Brent geese, but we saw many more by the roadside later on in Dundrum Bay. I'm more used to the dark-bellied ones on the south coast.
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Old 31-10-18, 06:56 AM
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Our bird of the day was a real treat, a stunning Snow bunting, at our local reservoir.
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Old 02-11-18, 05:12 PM
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BTOD is a site 1st and lifer for as I do not get to see Whoopers swan in Dorset.
So it was great to catch up with a juvenile (1st winter ?) Whooper swan on my local patch.
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Odd to see a solitary first winter juvenile, I wonder what happened to the rest of the family?

There are currently up to 1000 Whoopers roosting at Martin Mere, but the best place to see them is just down the road from me. Every year the same farmer's field carries a winter flock of around 50 birds. They literally don't seem to move from there all winter despite the heavy road traffic very close to them. I surmise that the farmer feeds the birds regularly so they seem to have a very restful winter....

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Old 05-11-18, 05:27 PM
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Odd to see a solitary first winter juvenile, I wonder what happened to the rest of the family?

There are currently up to 1000 Whoopers roosting at Martin Mere, but the best place to see them is just down the road from me. Every year the same farmer's field carries a winter flock of around 50 birds. They literally don't seem to move from there all winter despite the heavy road traffic very close to them. I surmise that the farmer feeds the birds regularly so they seem to have a very restful winter....

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I have wonder how he came to be here as I thought they traveled in family groups. He/she is hang about with two mute swans which are not to happy about it though. Wondering did it get lost left behind or kicked out 9f the group? But it was very nice to see it though .
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Old 10-11-18, 03:35 PM
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BOTD is another lifer for me a 1st winter male Ringed-necked Duck.
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Old 10-11-18, 06:12 PM
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Sparrowhawk perched on the garden fence this morning is my BOTD.
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