Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pinks And Wheats

There weren’t too many passerines or raptors around at Pilling today with my couple of hours dominated by the sights and sounds of Pink-footed Geese following a very obvious influx from Iceland in the past few days. My count this morning was 3500, give or take 20%, and unless anyone has experienced the sounds of thousands of “pinkies” it’s hard to imagine it. Click on “xeno-canto to hear the geese.  
Pink-footed Goose

Pink-footed Goose

The count from the shooters’ pools was down with 300 Teal and 18 Pintail today and no sign of the recent harrier. Along the sea wall I counted 80 Goldfinch, 35 Linnet, 2 Meadow Pipit, 6 Skylark and a single “alba” wagtail. Hirundines were less obvious on this cool, blowy morning with c40 Swallows and less than 10 House Martins. Likewise the heron count, with 2 Grey Heron and a single Little Egret. 

I found 3 Wheatears in the usual sorts of locations so employed a few of the new stock of meal worms to catch an unsexed juvenile and an adult male. 

Wheatear - juvenile

Wheatear - adult male

Both birds had the wing length of 107mm, a measurement which clearly placed them in the category of being “Greenland” Wheatears Oenanthe oenanthe leucorhoa, but it doesn’t necessarily mean they arrived from Greenland, more probably from Iceland where the so called “Greenland” Wheatear breeds in good numbers. 

I found a dead and very wet mole, not in a hole, but on a stone where someone had obviously placed it for inspection. “What big hands you have”. 

Mole - Talpa europea

Tune in soon for more news and views from Another Bird Blog.

10 comments:

Errol said...

Off to NW Norfolk in 10 days so will get sight and sound of "the Pinks" for myself. I do miss them.

joanca bs said...

Wooo amazing post
greetings from my blog

Rohrerbot said...

Wow!! You have me excited about our cranes coming to visit within the next month. Thanks for sharing the audio. Great pics of all the birds in flight. I love seeing thousands of birds in flight at once.

El rincón de Ceditas said...

Todas geniales, pero me quedo con la primera. Es expectacular..
Un abrazo

eileeninmd said...

Wow, the Pinks are a great sight, at least for me it would be. The Wheatear is a pretty bird. Great post, Phil. Loved the photos.

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

Yikes on the mole! Beautiful shots of the birds. :)

Russell said...

Excellent pics, Phil. I'm getting excited about the coming migration season still but forecast is 34 celsius each day of the weekend. Only mole I have ever seen was dead, too.

Stuart Price said...

I don't remember Pinkfeet arriving so early.........is that normal?

Mary Howell Cromer said...

That flight image of the "pinks" how spectacular Phil!!! The close up is so wonderful and then to see so many and hear so many at the same time, just has to be thrilling!
That mole...I finally got rid of ours with poison worms, which for me was a very sad thing to have to do, but they were destroying everything in their path...so to speak...
Happy weekend, stay safe and well~

Findlay Wilde said...

I really really enjoyed this post, especially looking at the geese pictures and listening to the honking at the same time. From Findlay

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