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Monday, March 22, 2004

Brambling at Baston & Langtoft GP

© Josh Jones

Winter 2003/2004 has seen up to three Bramblings feeding around Park Farm in the company of Greenfinches and Chaffinches. Note the contrast in rump colour: white for Brambling, green for Chaffinch.

Wheatear at Welland Bank Pits

© Will Bowell

Little Ringed Plover at Baston & Langtoft GP

© Josh Jones

Little Ringed Plover is one of the earliest spring migrants to arrive in the PBC area.

Features which tell this species from the similar Ringed Plover include the yellow eye-ring (especially distinct on males like this bird), the flesh-coloured legs (orange on Ringed Plover), the smaller size, the all-dark bill (orange and black on Ringed) and the lack of white wing-bar in flight.

Tuesday, March 16, 2004

Brambling at Crowtree, Farcet Fen

© Steve Dudley

The buff tips on this male bird's black head feathers have nearly all worn off, revealing his smart breeding plumage.