Sunday, 5 April 2015

Bowesfield Marsh - Saturday 4th March 2015

Yesterday afternoon we visited Bowesfield Marsh in Stockton-on-Tees.

As we left the car park, a Skylark was singing high is the sky and Reed Buntings were flying between the reedbeds. On the first pond, were a pair of Great-crested Grebe, Tufted Duck, Gadwall and Coot.

Wildflowers were present on either side of the footpath. Cowslips and Coltsfoot.

As we walked towards the River Tees, several Chiffchaff could be heard on both sides of the river. Other birds seen, Magpie, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Mute Swan, Moorhen and Woodpigeon.

Swimming down the river heading for Stockton was a single Greylag Goose. There were several Mallards feeding along the embankment on both sides of the river.

Further along the river bank, a pair of Lesser Black-backed Gull were resting on a garden fence. Too distance for a close photo.

As we reached the bend in the river, the trees were alive with bird song. A Great Tit was continuously calling, before a Chiffchaff started. In the trees we could see Goldfinch, Tree Sparrow, Wren, Chaffinch, Blue Tit and Blackbird. Through the Hawthorn trees, we were surprised to see three Roe Deer (one, at young stag) feeding on the marsh.

As were reached the end of our walk, we could see Shoveller, Shelduck, Pochard, Herring Gull and Cormorant on a pool in the distance. Overhead a single Curlew flew by, calling occasionally as it headed up the river.

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