COLNE VALLEY BIRDER
This is an account of my birding trips in the valley plus holidays birding abroad.
Monday, 19 March 2012
Spring at Maple Lodge
0800hrs walked to Maple Lodge a sunny morning after a frosty start,on arrival a Chiff chaff was
singing as I waked to the Rotunda hide,nearby some tree planting had occured over the week end.
Made my way to the Teal Hide where seven Common Snipe were present. A Kingfisher showed
well but fleetingly and caught a fish.Next a Fox in the distant phragmites caught my attention as it
hurdled through the undergrowth.Bird song was everywhere trilling wrens ,great spotted woodpeckers
drumming,at the Paddock a Wren was building a nest.A Peacock butterfly a first for Spring was in the
dried up sluice.Finally in the Paddock another Chiffchaff and a Ring necked parakeet near it nest
hole,formerly a woodpeckers hole.On the way home a Red Kite sailed overhead.
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