March 2007

Avocets are expanding their range rapidly in England, and are now fairly common at several sites in the northwest.

Avocet (Recurvirostra avocetta)

These Black-tailed Godwits were engaged in one of the most vicious fights I've seen in a long time, with the dominant bird at one stage standing on the other's back and pecking at its head and neck as it tried desparately to swim to safety.

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)

Black-tailed Godwits (Limosa limosa)

Also at Marshside was a male Green-winged Teal, a rare visitor from North America.

Green-winged Teal (Anas carolinensis)

Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)

Female Pochard (Aythya ferina)

Towards the end of the month I joined a group of 18 friends and colleagues from the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine for a weekend away in Snowdonia. Unusually for Wales, we had absolutely gorgeous weather...

Another trip down to Gigrin Farm yielded yet more Kite, Buzzard and Raven photos...

female Black Darter (Sympetrum danae)

Later in the month, the small lakes in the Delamere Forest, Cheshire, held high numbers of Black Darters.

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Red Kite (Milvus milvus)

Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo)

Eurasian Buzzard (Buteo buteo) and Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Is it possible to cram more food in your bill...?

Common Raven (Corvus corax)

Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

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