March 14th   Leave a comment

Gannet in the strong wind today

I left my front garden this morning and started down Marketgate when I saw a male merlin passing over the houses. It was heading towards Beechwalk Park with its distinctive half thrush half bee-eater flight that it uses to confuse prey to its identity on approach – a kind of surprise attack but in plain sight. It just flashed over my head and was gone so I don’t know what mayhem it caused in the park, or perhaps it was aiming at the big finch flock in the corn bunting patch at Bow Butts. A great start to any morning. I’m glad I already have merlin on my garden list so I wasn’t faced with the dilemma of whether to include it or not for the sake of me being just a few meters outside my garden when I saw it.

It’s got windy again and suddenly it feels much colder even though the temperature went up by a couple of degrees today. The gannets were blowing past and seem to be enjoying it at least.

Posted March 14, 2018 by wildcrail in Sightings

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