An hour and a half’s birding this evening was rewarding with a wealth of birds to be had.
No 6 tank continued to support the same water bird species as the previous evening. Lapwings were in much larger numbers with approximately 680 present along with reduced numbers of Golden Plovers totalling 400 birds. Also present were 40 Dunlin, 2 Ruff and 6 Redshank. Water Rails were ever present and calling from the depths of the reedbeds.
Upwards of 7 Ravens were gathered along the field fence on No 5 tank and, like yesterday were not allowing the presence of a young Buzzard to go unattended. One particular bird was colour-ringed (update on its orgin as and when I find it).
Colour-ringed Raven harassing Common Buzzard, No 5 tank.
Colour-ringed Raven, No 5 tank.
The sound of a Skylark sub-singing from the air was really puzzling until I found it in hot pursuit by an immature/female Merlin. I often find when Skylarks are chased by a predator they will either call loudly or even sing. So, without exception this lark was proving its flight prowess against the inexperienced Merlin by …just taking the ‘P’!
The Merlin was later sat on the fence bordering No 6 tank (below images) and it allowed me to get really close in the dwindling evening light.
A little grainy but close image of a (immature female) Merlin, No 6 tank.
All images by WSM.