We were out again today 'cruising the Weares' here on Portland. Jon saw the pair of Mallard again on Friday; as elusive as ever, we imagine they must be breeding somewhere locally. Similarly the pair of Shelduck have been in evidence from time to time.
It was a beautifully sunny morning this morning and there were plenty of birds around, and finally we had a 'rather decent' bird for the area. I say bird, as there were six together... Crossbills. They swirled in overhead as if from nowehere, with several Goldfinches, landed very briefly on the top of a small tree not far from us, and then immediately took off, except for two, one of which allowed the very quick 'record shot' you see below. This is a new species for our patch!
|Crossbill at East Weare.|
Following that excitement, we were on our way back past Grove Point when we encountered, for the first time this year, young Peregines. Here they are showing at last - pretty well fledged and about to leave the nest ledge at any time I guess. Indeed last season's youngsters had already flown by this date.
|Young Peregrine Falcons about to leave the nest, Grove Point, Portland, 24th June, 2013.|