Monday, 5 November 2012

On the roam...


First thing this morning I took a walk at Harrington Airfield.  Loads of passerines present in the bushes and flying over which included 2 Bramblings and a couple of Tree Sparrows amongst the birds coming down for the seed on the concrete track just inside the entrance barrier.  A female Merlin showed well at the opposite end of the concrete track.  Other birds included 2 Ravens and 4 mobile redpoll sp.

Birds near to Kelmarsh Hall included several Siskins and a couple of Lesser Redpolls plus the usual Nuthatches.

A visit to Stanford Res was next but birders on-site informed me that the Black-throated Diver from the last few days was nowhere to be seen, so on I went to Borough Hill CP which provided a fine male Peregrine perched on the mast, 2 Ravens, 2-3 Crossbills, c6 Siskins and c6 flying repoll sp.

A short walk in to Badby Wood from the small car park next to Badby village produced a surprise in the shape of a Corn Bunting with c30 Yellowhammers in a stubble field.  In the wood itself there were c4 Crossbills, 20+ Siskins, a couple of redpoll sp and large numbers of very vocal Nuthatches.  There were two Ravens 'cronking' well here too.  I would strongly recommend a visit to the wood now, the autumn colours are just sensational!

And of course my final destination was Boddington Res where despite Gary Pullan's best efforts we failed again to find the Bonaparte's Gull - confounded thing!  Birds noted included a Goosander that flew in, plus a couple of Kingfishers


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