Sunday, 19 February 2012

2, 6, 42, 2, 28...

West Hartford was steady late afternoon.

Initial excitement was had with the distant view of two long white necks sticking out of the pools near side vegetation - two mute swan. Bewicks or whooper would have been better!

Up to six short- eared owl patrolled the fields, with a couple sitting it out on the western fence. The occasional snipe was lifted as the owls skimmed the marsh edges.

Among the forty two lapwing, two early oystercatcher were present - numbers should start to increase over the next few weeks. Fowl-wise, 28 teal were on the pool.

As with most afternoons gull activity was good, with c, h and bhs' dropping in prior to heading off to the coast to roost.

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