Bird Race

9 of us turned out today to brave the sogginess and cold for the 17th Ely Bird Race. It was worth it.

The species list was set at 69 for the day and includes White-fronted Goose (2) and a Jack Snipe (Springhead Meadow with 9 Common Snipe). Nice to see 3 Grey Wagtails at the sewage plant (with a chiffchaff), and the pair of stonechats back on their old patch. The only notable omissions were Green Woodpecker, Little Egret and Wigeon.

A later additions was a bit contentious in that we saw a flock of swans in the distance. With a bit of knowledge about what was around Ben Green was confident to say that they were whoopers, but investigations into the swan movements by checking the tracking data from the collar ringed Bewicks proved fruitless. So we end with a species list of 70.

Full list can be seen here.