A walk around a cold and crunchy Harrington Airfield this morning produced a Short-eared Owl, about 40 Golden Plovers, a couple of redpoll sp and at least 7 Bramblings.
The cold weather of the last few days has certainly brought birds in to the garden, with particularly good numbers of Blackbirds at dawn looking for food. Today I noticed up to 3 Pied Wagtails, a Reed Bunting and even some Fieldfares touched down briefly. Bigger birds include the regular Jackdaws, Magpies, Carrion Crows and a mass of Woodpigeons which means the food doesn't last very long! Add the Stock Doves, Collared Doves and Pheasants and actually a small band of Starlings (which are scarce here), then its small wonder that most of our money goes on bird food!
Scanning the gulls at the roost at Pitsford Res this afternoon produced a smart third winter Caspian Gull, and a drake Scaup was close up to the dam wall.
1st year Common Gull
Brambling Harrington Airfield