Sunday, 12 March 2017

Little Bunting at Great Barford

A quick trip up the A1 to Great Barford was the order of the day. It rained most of the 40 mile drive and was still raining as we walked the wrong way up the river. A single Sand Martin gave us an unexpected year tick with my earliest previous Sand Martin being on 2nd April.

Little Bunting
A quick u turn at the first bridge followed by a half mile march along the public footpath running along the riverside and we found the seeded area set up by Beds birders. We waited getting wetter all the time and after half an hour the first Reed Bunting joined the finches to feed followed shortly after by a couple of female Reed Bunting before we spotted the Little Bunting sitting high up in the trees above the seed. The bird dropped to feed with the other Buntings and returned every half an hour or so for the next couple of hours. Grey Partridge was the only other bird of note whilst here but we left satisfied with the morning.

Year list now at 163

Little Bunting at Great Barford
Little Bunting in the rain
Little Bunting
Little and Reed together.
Reed Bunting


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