Friday, 3 February 2012

Spinnies Bean Goose - 3rd February 2012

Brucey, Etienne and I went to the Spinnies this fine winter's morning to have a look for the Tundra Bean Goose that has been present in the area with Greylag Geese on and off for a while now. It really didn't take long to pick the bird up in the flock of Greylag Geese on the estuary as it was so much smaller than them. The 'smokey' neck and head, the two toned slate and orange bill and the bright orange legs stood out well. In flight the dark upper wings and the black and white tail really made the bird stand out compared to the Greylags (especially the small size). A very good North Wales bird.

In the hides at the Spinnies, we enjoyed very good views of Water Rail, Little Egret and the feeders just outside the hides were very busy providing super views of Nuthatch, Treecreeper, Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Dunnock, Robin, House Sparrow, Reed Bunting, Blackbird and 4 species of Tit.

With the cold weather overnight plummeting to -10oC, the pools were frozen and the air was crisp which really made for an enjoyable morning's birding in North Wales.

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