Saturday, March 25, 2006

Arctic poll

after a rarity free winter I came across an Arctic Redpoll on Waters' Edge this morning--I managed to flush the bird from the path side without seeing it while doing a BBS; it perched facing me at about 5m and my camera was in the bag; then it promptly flew off about 70m to the other side of a pond and when I got round there it had disappeared---fortunately it then joined up with the 10 or so Lesser Redpolls and 40+ Siskins on the park and it showed on and off for most of the day in the alders and also on the paths and under the trees where it spent quite a bit of time feeding and being very inobvious--also the first Chiffchaff of the spring on the park today and the fourth Long-tailed Tits nest this year a park record

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