Winter birding

Ice

Frost over the world

It is winter. Temperatures have been down to minus 10, but during the day it is a bit warmer.

Yesterday I went to Mogan. It has been a while since I was out, so it was good to get out. The temperatures were below zero, but still there were good numbers of birds around.

Larks south of Mogan

Larks south of Mogan

Most remarkably the larks are congregation. Thousands are in the fields south of Mogan. And they do provide some excitement as a Black or White-winged could turn up. But it didn’t happen yesterday. By far the most were Skylarks mixed with some Calandra, very few Greater Short-toed and some Crested Larks.

Cold Green Sandpiper

Cold Green Sandpiper

Great White Egret on the frozen ground

Great White Egret on the frozen ground

It is a little weird to see Great White Egrets and Green Sandpipers under these conditions, but I’ll guess they’ll move on soon. A single Little Owl was also a welcome surprise.

Little Owl

Little Owl

SiO

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