Tuesday, January 24, 2012

It's been a fantastic three days. We've been cannon netting on Seal Sands, hiking in the mountains above Bassenthwaite and on the way back from the Lakes we picked up a few additions to the yearlist at Leighton Moss, most notably Glossy Ibis and Bittern. So we're now on 116 for the year, just ten ahead of our Norfolk rivals Tonk and Aimes. But we're about to depart to Dog Island for seven weeks, giving them the chance to build an impressive lead (and they've already nailed the two mega stowaways down in Hampshire). A curry at the Roti in Norwich is at stake.

The Soggy Ibis near Leighton Moss. There's been twenty or so in the UK this year, many of which may originate from Spain. There seems to be more and more European Glossies wintering in the UK rather than following their traditional winter routes to Africa. This species is no stranger to pioneering journeys to new areas. The American population of this migratory species is thought to have been self propagated by European birds heading over to Northern South America in the 1800s. (c) Richard Brown

1 comment:

  1. Hi, please can you confirm site of Glossy ibis photographs taken 24/1/12. As states on Birdguides as Arnside, Cumbria and on Surfbirds as Leighton moss, Lancs. would greatly help Cumbria records committe. Many thanks Jonathan Lishman.