Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Wednesday's Bits and Bob's

Harrington was fairly quiet this morning with a notable lack of warblers.  There was a Redstart in the bushes by the shooting wall, 2 Wheatears around the first bunker and a covey of 7 Grey Partridge flushed. It has been a few weeks since I saw any Grey Partridge.  Jays, Blackbirds and Mistle Thrushes were very vocal and have increased in numbers over the last week.  The large mixed flock of Linnet and Goldfinch remain but were very mobile and plenty of Red Kites showing well.
On my two visits to the southern end of the Blueberry area there was a Redstart, 2 Whinchat and a Stonechat in their regular field.
A female Peregrine flew over low looking rather tatty and gave an odd profile due to her very full crop........wonder what she had just eaten ?.   Again plenty of Red Kite showing well and also 2 Ravens playing around.
A quick look at the spit of mud at the mouth of the Grange Bay Pitsford produced 2 Ruff, Snipe, Little Egret, Grey Wagtail and a Pintail with a Hobby busy hawking the insects.
This spit is well worth checking out regularly as it seems to offer the best looking area for attracting waders, but it does tend to suffer from disturbance from fishermen, sail craft and general walkers.


Regards  Eleanor
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