Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Spring Two

I always buy in a pot of live meal worms for springtime because Wheatears just can’t resist them, so when I go to Lane Ends and Pilling Water I combine birding with trying to catch a few Wheatears if they are around.

I hadn’t seen a Wheatear until today but when after lunch I walked towards Pilling Water I saw three of them; within 5 minutes I caught two in spring traps whilst the third watched proceedings from the top of the single bare elderberry tree.

Male Wheatear

Female Wheatear

Earlier on I didn’t expect to see any Wheatears because of the Merlin sat amongst the rocks of the sea wall in my favoured Wheatear catching location. Maybe it was the sight of those white rumps from the distant marsh that brought it near in the first place, but as soon as it saw me it sped off again.


Other birds seen this afternoon with combined Lane Ends/Pilling Water counts: Little Grebe 2, Gadwall 2, Meadow Pipit 6, Goldfinch 6, Little Egret 4, Reed Bunting 2, Linnet 3, Skylark 3, Long-tailed Tit 2. Additional birds of prey were represented by a male Sparrowhawk over the plantation and a male Peregrine both sat on and dashing over the marsh towards Cockerham.

I called in at a Little Owl spot for another twosome: I guess this goes on Birdtrack as a positive breeding record?

Little Owl

Little Owls


Larry said...

Awesome photos Phil! I really love the Little Owls and Merlins are one of my favorite raptors. I must admit though that the Wheatear shots are really excellent!

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Brilliant photography here. I'm amazed to see the beauty showing up from your photography, not just in this post, but so many! Just too good :)

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Beautiful photographs Phil! Thise little Owls melt my heart with their expressive faces, great captures of all~

Phil Walton said...

Thanks for the follow, Phil. Haven't seen a Little Owl since we stumble across the Bardon Raptor Watchpoint umpteen years ago. Your pics reminded me what a gem they are!!

S.C.E. said...

Wow, haven't seen a Wheatear for ages............they used to appear around this time on the Ribble. Spring!

Valerie said...

Fun looking at your birds. At first I didn't see where you were from - but all of the birds names were unfamiliar to me - so was glad to see you were from 'over the pond' and I wasn't too out of touch!

Wonderful photos. I enjoyed my visit.

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