Sunday, 3 March 2013

A quiet day 'up north'

Hi

Locally birds at Hanging Houghton today included 2 Red Kites and 2 Ravens, with 4 Ravens at nearby Faxton.  The birds on the food at Harrington Airfield early this morning included 3-4 Bramblings.

Further afield, a wander around East Carlton Country Park included about 10 Siskins and a Lesser Redpoll but was otherwise pretty quiet.  The Welland Valley didn't provide much in the way of different birds but was one of many places today hosting migrant flocks of Lapwings.  The Wakerley Wood complex was also quiet in much of the wood, but a splendid flock of about 30 Crossbills showed well on the main track about 250m from the car park walking in a clockwise direction on the short walk route.  Other birds included several Siskins and up to 10 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Bramblings.

Fineshade Wood was busy with people but the well-stocked suspended feeders in front of the wildlife hide provided close views of tits and other woodland birds.  Nearby birds at Blatherwycke Lake included 7 Shelduck and an Oystercatcher but nothing else of note.  A late afternoon walk at Fermyn Wood and the adjacent Country Park failed to yield anything different.

Regards

Eleanor & Neil

 Coal Tit
Great Spotted Woodpecker

Marsh Tit


Red Kite

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