Christmas Bird Race Update 3

Today I brought out the birding big guns, and had a trip out to Potteric Carr with my dad. I won’t go into too much detail, as I’ll do a full round up with the Bird Race post, but the highlights were undoubtedly the water rail (a lifer) and bittern both showing very well indeed. Other good stuff included a pair of pintail, several shelduck, a kingfisher, willow tits and flocks of lesser redpoll and siskin.

Some pics…

Bittern
Bittern

Water Rail
Water Rail

Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Willow Tit
Willow Tit

Reed Bunting
Reed Bunting

On the way back we decided to stop by Old Moor and do a quick and dirty twitch of the green-winged teal that has been present today, making it two lifers for me in one day. I also managed another 4 ticks for the bird race (although somehow managed to dip tree sparrow!).

So the target is now inching towards respectable, with 67 species seen. I’ll have to put my thinking cap on where to find the next ones!

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