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Sunday, 22 January 2017

Double Dip Bunting and local stuff

Out with Mark today and after yesterdays failed attempt due to leaving early because I was feeling the miserable weather after my recent chemo session it was back to Dunnington this morning to try for the male Pine Bunting, nice and sunny this morning if a little cold but once again the bird proved very elusive and the few times it showed we were always in the wrong place, a few Bramblings and Corn Buntings mixed in with the flocks were nice though, Mark had seen the bird yesterday as typically it had shown well about 20 mins after I had left so early afternoon I gave up on it again so we could at least get a bit of local birding in, we went round the back  of Heslington first where we were pleased to catch up with a pair of Little Owls, carried on to the Tilmire to look for Barn Owls but none were out this afternoon, we then had a little jaunt out to the LDV, Bank Island held a good selection of Wildfowl but there was no sign of the earlier reported White Fronted Goose, carried on to North Duffield Carrs where we added Whooper Swans and a small selection of Waders but the afternoon had turned rather murky and we were very cold so we called it a day.
Little Owl at Heslington

2nd bird playing peek-a-boo

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