Saturday, 9 January 2016

Pallid Harrier dipped yet again!!

With limited time today the plan was to spend the morning at Lynford Arboretum and head for home around 1pm. But with the Pallid Harrier being reported again yesterday the lure proved too much and we headed for Flitcham. Arriving at 8.30am to be told that the Pallid had been seen at 8.05am and had not been seen since. Having already dipped this bird several times since Christmas it was not a surprise when it failed to show in the time we were there! In fact it wouldn't be reported again all day.
A quick stop at Wolferton and then Fisher's Fleet in King's Lynn produced nothing other than dipped Golden Pheasant and Iceland Gull!

In fact the only positive to this morning were several sightings of  Barn Owls. One individual was found hunting along the roadside verges. Unfortunately the light was awful for the camera. 

So it was back to the original plan, and a visit to Lynford Arboretum. We headed for the paddock and found a single Hawfinch feeding at the top of one of the trees.
We continued along the path heading towards the bridge. A Treecreeper was found in trees at the edge of the lake, before reaching the bridge. Seed had been left on the four corners of the bridge and this had the birds regularly coming down to feed. My fourth year tick of the morning came when two Nuthatch came in with the more numerous Coal and Marsh Tits.

Year List 114

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