Thursday, 8 February 2018

A grey February day...


A walk at Harrington Airfield this morning saw plenty of birds waiting to be fed. By way of example twenty Blackbirds immediately came down on the concrete track even before I had finished putting the food down! The only birds of note appeared to be a flock of sixteen Golden Plovers and a calling Grey Partridge plus singing Skylarks. The Hanging Houghton Barn Owl was hunting in daylight conditions again in the Brampton Valley this afternoon.

Jacob's efforts at Pitsford Reservoir today yielded sightings of the Slavonian Grebe in the usual spot, two Ravens, two Pintail, fifteen Golden Plovers, two Stonechats and a Siskin. The gull roost off the Sailing Club was productive with views of two Mediterranean Gulls (first and second winters) and a Yellow-legged Gull and a Caspian Gull. Three Redpolls were in the grounds of the Sailing Club and Jacob enjoyed watching eight in his garden at Scaldwell.


Neil M

First year Mediterranean Gull.

Adult male Blackbird.
The county is awash with
hungry Blackbirds at the
moment, many of them
from the continent...

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