Monday, 4 March 2013

Bittern 1 - Birders 0

Hi

Two Bramblings in the garden here at Hanging Houghton today looked like fresh migrants, and Yellowhammer and Reed Bunting added some more variety.

A run with the dogs around Harlestone Heath and adjacent areas failed to find much more than several singing Siskins.

Despite plenty of scanning, there was no sign of the Bittern at Ravensthorpe Res while we were there today.  A 'redhead' Smew remained on the small side.

This afternoon a hike around Blueberry Farm, Maidwell in silky spring sunshine was very pleasant.  An immature male Merlin showed briefly and 3 Red Kites meandered around overhead (a Barn Owl was seen by other observers).

Regards

Eleanor and Neil


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