Saturday, March 14, 2009

A Nene Washes morning

I had a very pleasant morning at the RSPB Nene Washes today. The best bird was a summer-plumaged Black-necked Grebe on the flooded field (feeding on invertebrates and what appeared to be tiny fish). It is the first BNG I have seen at this site (there were two there in 1998 and one in 2001), and it was also the first I can claim to have found locally.
Other highlights were three Water Pipits (including one pristine, peachy spring bird), a female Merlin with a decidedly full crop, two Peregrines (including the immature bird below) and decent numbers of Ruff (100+) and Black-tailed Godwits (see previous post).

There are also still loads of Whooper Swans in the area...

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