15th November 2014

Late afternoon yesterday the heavy rain cleared and the light became golden and beautiful so I nipped over to Old Moor, the RSPB reserve near Barnsley. Nothing much was happening, a few Wigeon and Teal were dabbling away, feeding when, far across the water, a large number of Wigeon were ‘put up’ and the cause became clear- a

Wigeon resting in the late afternoon light

Wigeon resting in the late afternoon light

A male Wigeon and Teal feeding in the mud

A male Wigeon and Teal feeding in the mud

A few of the Wigeon flushed from their feeding

A few of the Wigeon flushed from their feeding

The cause of the disturbance, a Peregrine Falcon twisting through the flock

The cause of the disturbance, a Peregrine Falcon twisting through the flock

Peregrine Falcon swept through the flock, at a great distance, but I was lucky enough to get a blurry photo of it’s unsuccessful hunt across the water. Meanwhile, the hawk that used to be much more common is in dire straits. The Hawk and Owl Trust want people to send in their sightings of Kestrel which suffered a huge decline lately, between 2008-9 alone the population declined by 36%. Kestrels have extraordinary UV vision and can see the urine trails of mice from a distance of 30 metres- not many people want to know that! Conditions: Unlike yesterday, today has never really got light, starting and ending with thick fog and drizzle, but drawing a lot of birds into the garden, of which more tomorrow. Temperature: Max 7- Min 6%

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