Monday, 16 November 2015

Crooked Spire 3 Birders 0 !


Yes another visitation to Chesterfield this morning and no we didn't see the Crag Martin again! It was seen on three occasions during the day but sadly not when we were there or where we were! A fly-over Marsh Harrier was unexpected. Do we give up or try a fourth time? Only time will tell...

Sarah Gibbs saw three unidentified 'wild' swans at Pitsford Reservoir today as visible from the new Walgrave Hide and John Woollett caught and ringed a female Blackcap at Astcote today which weighed a heavy 20.1g. The mild conditions seems to be invoking passerines to sing with regular bursts of song from Wren, Dunnock, Mistle Thrush and even Blackbird during the last week or so.

Eleanor saw a Barn Owl in the Brampton Valley below Hanging Houghton this morning and an adult male Peregrine and two Little Owls there this afternoon. Two Chiffchaffs were present at Spring Pond alongside the Brampton Valley Way below Brixworth as were 6+ Siskins and 2 Ravens.

Eleanor also paid the River Welland at Market Harborough some attention today in case the Otters were on show. No Otters were seen but 2-3 Grey Wagtails and 2 Kingfishers were easy to see.


Neil M
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