Friday, 10 December 2010

New bird for the year

Friday 10 december 2010

Filled up the feeders at Ewelme this morning.  Usual list of birds with Water Rails (more "showey" than usual), Green Sandpiper and a couple of Snipe the most noteworthy.  I noticed behaviour that I hadn't registered before.  The Black-headed Gull was dabbling it's feet to disturb invertebrates and then eating them.  I have seen Little Egrets doing this but not gulls before.

Had a walk down to the river after lunch and was somewhat amazed to see a Mandarin Duck sitting on one of the jetties.  Must try and sort out my camera - seems to have slipped to a lower resolution unfortunately so todays pics a bit naff - even more than usual.

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