Thursday, 19 December 2013

Ditchford WeBs count

Hello

The Hume's Leaf Warbler was heard calling at the private site in the county this morning.

Several Bramblings were waiting for me in the bushes at Harrington Airfield and no doubt came down on to the seed after I left!

Today was the WeBs count at Ditchford GP and it was a bit of a slog in the heavy mud after last night's rain.  Up to two thousand big gulls were circulating west of Ditchford Lane, some in fields and others bathing in the flooded gravel pits.  There was a constant to and fro from nearby Sidegate Landfill and it was tempting to spend all day watching them continually moving around.  However there was a count to be done and I had to tear myself away without finding a big white-winger!

The only birds of note seen included 2 Egyptian Geese, a drake Scaup, 2 'redhead' Smew, a drake Red-crested Pochard, a first year Caspian Gull, a Woodcock, a Green Sandpiper, 3 Kingfishers, 5 Cetti's Warblers, 2 Chiffchaffs, a Water Pipit and 10 Siskins.

We just had time to nip down the road and locate the 3 Long-tailed Ducks on Mary's Lake at Earls Barton GP.  They were showing well until at least 3.25pm.

Regards

Neil M
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