Saturday, July 18, 2009

Ringstone Edge Res

Windy, overcast and wet this morning but the sun broke through just before I left. On arrival noticed a female goosander on the res with something stuck (could have been baler twine) on its lower mandible and looking in some distress. It put its head into the water every 5 or 10 seconds, probably trying to dislodge the stuff but when I lost sight of the bird about 30 minutes later it was still struggling with it. Checked with Nick C as to what could be done but we agreed unfortunately that it would be very difficult to catch it. Hopefully it will manage to remove it sooner rather than later.

Other birds seen:
Oystercatcher - 4 (not in hide log as I saw these on my way out)
Cormorant - 1 on res, 2 over
Common Sandpiper
Great Crested Grebe
BH gull - 12
Meadow Pipit - 3
Goldfinch - 3
Swift - 2

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