Good bird day

Today we continued with putting our new interpretation panels in at Farlington and after digging two holes through chalk and flint I’m glad to say this was the last one. As the weather was looking fine we concentrated most of the day on putting The Deeps interpretation panel in the ground. The job sounded simple enough: take out the old and replace it with the new, however the new posts went in the ground further which caused some issues when we hit solid flint and chalk.

Not actually burying Barry here. All hands to the spades trying to get though the flints to make the hole.

Not actually burying Barry here. All hands to the spades trying to get though the flints to make the hole.

The Farlington team don’t give up that easily though – after an hour or so we had the holes at the right depth ready for the new interpretation.

The new Deeps interpretation

The new Deeps interpretation

It wasn’t all hard work however – we got our payback in the form of good birds. A majestic male Marsh harrier spent most of the day going back and forth along the reed bed and later on the main marsh, pestering the Canada geese, who didn’t seem too fussed by it landing next to them.

The Marsh harrier surveying the reed bed

The Marsh harrier surveying the reed bed

Marsh Harrier making its way towards the main marsh

Marsh Harrier making its way towards the main marsh

There appeared to be a fair few lone Lapwing across the main marsh. This one in particular didn’t seemed fussed with me driving by in the truck.

Lapwing on the main marsh

Lapwing on the main marsh

Lapwing on the main marsh

Lapwing on the main marsh

There were also a fair number of waders including this gang of Black-tailed godwits, probing the soft mud of the marsh for tasty treats.

A homunculus of Godwits.

A homunculus of Godwits. Including colour ringed bird WR/YG (far right)

The mudflats were full of great birds too. The usual Teal and Widgeon were dabbling away but there was also this striking pair of Pintail close to the seawall.

Pair of Pintail

Pair of Pintail

After we had tidied the tools away I couldn’t help but wonder what good stuff could be on the lake, after all it was high tide so all those great birds that were in the harbour had to have gone somewhere. I wasn’t disappointed. Sat bang in the middle of the lake was a group of birds I had been wanting to see at Farlington (and failed) for quite sometime. A group of 23 Avocet were busy feeding, roosting and preening – what an end to the day!

Avocet on the lake

Avocet on the lake

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