Saturday 26 February 2011

Local list hits 100 at Wallasea

Had a really nice long day out yesterday hoping to add to my local year list (which is becoming more of an obsession than I planned). I needed a few birds of prey so headed for Wallasea Island. It wasn't until I walked the whole of the circumference of the island before I saw my first, a distant ringtail Hen Harrier from where I began my walk. It was positively Spring like with Skylarks and Corn Buntings (above) singing their hearts out on a mild February day. There was still a large chunk of day light left so I headed for Paglesham Lagoon where the Egyptian Geese were still around from a few days before. I added Stock Dove, Greylag and Canada Geese to my list before heading back to Wallasea for sun down and hopefully some owls. On my way I had a really good view of a low flying Buzzard from the car. The reported Short Eared Owls didn't show at Wallasea but my cockles were warmed with a Barn Owl ghosting it's way round the island ditches and bringing up my 100.


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