Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Autumn to winter


Nice weather locally today, just a shame the days are so short!

A quick wander at Harrington Airfield this morning was sufficient to see plenty of thrushes on the scrubby areas and large numbers of Fieldfares moving over. A day-flying Barn Owl was clearly injured and struggling which was sad. A flock of about 63 Golden Plovers completed a circuit or two of the complex and one or two redpoll sp were also flying around.

Feed station maintenance ensured I visited a number of places today and birds noted included a Grey Wagtail at Brixworth and a Willow Tit at Scotland Wood.

A visit to Ravensthorpe Reservoir, once a very regular place for me to visit, was enjoyable this afternoon and provided views of a Great White Egret, a Green Sandpiper, a Grey Wagtail and a redpoll sp.

Local birder and conservationist Ian Dobson today reports a gathering and murmuration of some 2,000 Starlings at Fawsley Park, which in turn attracted 2-3 hunting Peregrines.

Local ringer Chris Payne captured a male Sparrowhawk in his garden today already bearing a ring. We await news of when and where this bird was initially ringed...


Neil M

Male Sparrowhawk
Courtesy of Chris Payne.

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