A late morning recce at Harrington Airfield today yielded good numbers of common birds with particularly good numbers of Woodpigeons, corvids and finches. With the amount of available potential prey present I can see why there have been a couple of recent records of Merlin from this site. Linnets were the most common finch with a good 60 or so present and smaller numbers of Goldfinch, Greenfinch and Chaffinch. Up to 8 Bramblings and 6 redpoll sp were also present. With good numbers of Yellowhammers and small numbers of Reed Bunting and other birds in the bushes, the areas around the second and third bunkers were particularly lively. Migrants included a few Meadow Pipits and 4 Redwings. Birds feeding on the top fields included reasonable numbers of Skylark and Starling and a few Golden Plover. Murky conditions and a breeze from an easterly direction are ideal conditions to see birds at Harrington in the autumn even if they are not particularly rare or unusual.
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