Tuesday, 9 September 2014

A quiet day

It has been a beautiful autumn day which started with the mist shrouding the fields along the Brampton Valley Way and ended with a stunning red sunset at Blueberry Farm.

Plenty of insects about including a few Clouded Yellow Butterflies and the hedgerows are laden with blackberries, sloe, hip, hawthorn and elderberry.  But birds have been few and far between today.
I decided to go for a run along the Brampton Valley Way with two "hounds" for company. The bushes/hedges held good numbers of Blackbirds, Song Thrushes and Blackcap and at least 3 Grey Wagtail and a single Siskin flew over.

It was early afternoon before I managed to visit Harrington Airfield and the bushes appeared quiet. The large flock of Linnet and Goldfinch remain as do the numerous Red Kites and Common Buzzard attracted to the recently harvested fields.

This evening at Blueberry there were at least 8 Whinchat, the female Peregrine, Hobby and Barn Owl.

Other birds of note during the day -  7 Red-crested Pochard in the Scaldwell Bay at Pitsford Reservoir, 2 Ravens in the fields behind our house and a Green Sandpiper flying over the house calling well at 22.10hrs heading south west.

Regards  Eleanor
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