Friday, 12 December 2014

Ditchford Gravel Pits


The first task today was visiting some of the local wild bird feed stations, and whilst doing so I noticed a flock of ca 440 Golden Plovers on the top fields at Harrington Airfield and two Ravens flew over Maidwell village.

We seemed to spend most of our time concentrating at staying upright in the mud at Ditchford Gravel Pits today whilst completing the monthly WeBS count!

A Great White Egret was west of Ditchford Lane, at one stage flying around carrying a small Pike in its bill. Other birds included three Little Egrets, a flock of fourteen Egyptian Geese, a first year Caspian Gull, an adult Yellow-legged Gull, approximately a thousand Herring Gulls, a Goosander, three Water Rails, ten Kingfishers, four Cetti's Warblers, eight Chiffchaffs, a pair of Stonechat and a couple of Grey Wagtails. 

An Otter showed briefly on one of the old pits.


Neil M

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