Sunday, 3 January 2016

Short Day Count SP54

Hello

A Barn Owl was active between the villages of Scaldwell and Hanging Houghton first thing again this morning and Blueberry Farm procured another Barn Owl, the female Peregrine and two Woodcock.

Eleanor was over at Staverton again today and noted four Ravens, 10+ Siskins and two Crossbills, and nearby Daventry Country Park attracted eight Goosanders, and 50+ Siskins around the car park. Ravensthorpe Reservoir again hosted a Great White Egret and ca10 Siskins.

Another Short Day Count took place in the rain today, this time in SP54 down in the south west of the county. Some 65 species were recorded with the Edgcote/Trafford Marsh area producing some excellent birds in the shape of two Ravens, a male Peregrine, 80-90 Siskins, ca50 redpolls (the majority appearing to be Lesser Redpolls), a female Brambling, a Kingfisher and 11-12 Snipe.

Further birds of interest in SP54 included a roadside Chiffchaff near to the Farthinghoe LNR, a Grey Wagtail at Middleton Cheney and a flock of ca200 Golden Plovers in a field near Chacombe.

Regards

Neil M



Drake Smew in the rain

Lapwing

Teal

Images from Pitsford Reservoir
courtesy of Jacob Spinks

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