Saturday, 7 January 2017

More Waxwings!


The Banbury Ornithological Society Short Day Count took place in SP55 today, a 10km square in Northamptonshire west of Daventry. We were fortunate to encounter Waxwings in Woodford Halse village. Initially we heard a calling bird in the fog shortly after 8am but returned in the late morning and found a flock of seven in gardens along Adams Road which created a great deal of local interest.

In murky conditions it was difficult to find many of the species we were looking for but Fawsley Park hosted as many as three Kingfishers, three or four Water Rails, a small party of Siskins, a Grey Wagtail and woodland and water birds typical of the site. Other birds noted in SP55 included several Ravens, two Peregrines, a Woodcock and a Brambling.

Eleanor was at Staverton this morning and saw 2-3 Ravens and a visit to Ravensthorpe Reservoir this afternoon provided views of three playing Otters and two Great White Egrets from the road causeway. The pair of Stonechat remain about a mile west of Hanging Houghton.


Neil M

The flock of seven Waxwings
today in the murk at Woodford
Halse courtesy of Jacob Spinks.

More images of the
photogenic Waxwings at Roade
 last week courtesy of Robin Gossage.

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