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Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Recent Baston & Langtoft Pits Birds

Juvenile female Peregrine

'Nordic' Jackdaw (Corvus monedula monedula)

Male Brambling at the feeding station

Little Egrets

All (c) Josh Jones.

'Nordic' Jackdaw at Burghley Park

© Will Bowell
Another 'Nordic' type Jackdaw that has been found in the area over the past few weeks. This particular individual was rather striking, with the most obvious feature being it's paler neck sides and nape, which appeared to be dirty white when the bird was in sunshine. Another bird present showed a less well defined 'collar'.

From the comparison shot other differences can be noted, such as the paler underparts on the Nordic bird (left) compared to the Jackdaw (right). The Jackdaw also shows an even colouration in the nape, neck sides and underparts, where as the Nordic bird shows a paler nape and neck sides than underparts.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Red-crested Pochard and Smew at Ferry Meadows

A pair of Red-crested Pochard and two 'redhead' Smew have been gracing Lynch Lake.

Red-crested Pochard Netta rufina

Smew Mergellus albellus

© Brian StoneDigiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Wren at Ferry Meadows

© Roy Norris
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Lesser Redpolls at Ferry Meadows

Part of a party of at least 5 feeding around the northern end of Lynch Lake.

Lesser Redpoll Carduelis cabaret

Pochard Aythya ferina

Blackbird Turdus merula

© Brian Stone Digiscoped with Canon Powershot A640 and Leica APO77 x20

Sunday, December 09, 2007

Glaucous Gull, Tanholt Pits

© Josh Jones

Glaucous Gulls have become increasingly scarce in recent times in the PBC area (and across the country), so this juvenile bird was a pleasing find for the photographer.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Little Egret at North Bank SW

© Will Bowell
One of two birds hanging around the ditches by the Sewage Works this afternoon. At least one remained, hiding in ditches on Stanground Wash. Excellent to see them so close to the city centre. Note one of the Power Station chimneys in the top photo.

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