Yesterday I went for an early morning amble around Blueberry Farm area. The field hedges were alive with the excited chatter from Redwings and Fieldfares. I love just listening to them and it was whilst I was standing there that I heard the much harsher "chak chak" call of a Ring Ouzel. Hearing it was the easy part as the bird was reluctant to show itself. It was about 15 minutes before a male Rouzel popped up on the hedge and sat in full view for a while.
A visit to Harrington Airfield late morning was quite productive. As I wandered through the bushes I disturbed a Short-eared Owl. There were a pair of Stonechat at the third bunker and a Brambling flew over calling.
Kenny Cramer and his helpers were at Linford ringing. A small catch of 31 birds of 14 species due to the bright and breezy conditions and fewer nets used. In the thrush department there were 4 Redwings, 3 Blackbirds and a Song Thrush. Warblers were represented by just 2 Blackcap and 1 Chiffchaff. But it was the raptors which provided the most excitement beginning with a pre dawn capture of a Tawny Owl. This was followed by 2 Sparrowhawks, a male and female giving the opportunity to observe the considerable size difference between the sexes.
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