Friday, 2 March 2012

Prestwick Carr

It was just like a spring day as I wandered up the bridle path at Prestwick Carr this afternoon.Very little bird activity in the hedges unlike those along the bumpy road.
Was nearing the sentry box when I spotted a white speck midway between the bridle path and wood. So I quickened pace up to the first gate and sure enough there was a Great Grey Shrike which I understand had returned  a few days ago.
Just got the scope on it in time to see a Reed Bunting, of all things, chase it off its perch.
The Shrike relocated nearby and then I thought I could see another black and white bird next to it.
I realised I was looking at the back of a Great Spotted Woodpecker on a trunk, but well beyond the Shrike with the Reed Bunting still looking on.

Always seeking out a high viewpoint

I did watch it catch something but too small to identify

A Buzzard was perched on a bush nearby, Fieldfares fed in the field, and  a couple of Kestrels hunted most of the time I was there

No visit could be complete without a couple of owl sightings and when I returned to the goat field there were three active Short-eared Owls


Johnnykinson said...

Very nice indeedy.

kirstallcreatures said...

Nice work pops!

Citybirding said...

Thanks John and Linda, it was an enjoyable afternoon.