Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Hard weather birds


Hard weather movement was evident today, Jacob counting 269 Lapwings and 72 Golden Plovers moving south west over Moulton College. Flurries of winter thrushes and Lapwings were encountered in a variety of places today, seeking refuge and food from the ruthless weather.

Our garden served as a feeding site for about fifteen Reed Buntings, two Fieldfares and a Redwing plus an influx of Starlings, and a couple of crab-apple trees near the village of Old provided a feeding frenzy for seventy Fieldfares as witnessed by Diane Freeman. No doubt gardens are providing important feeding and resting areas for countless birds in the county.

Eleanor ran around Sywell Country Park twice today with Tor the hound. Birds were in short supply but the vocal Cetti's Warbler was still alive and kicking! Just two drake Goosanders were seen by Eleanor at Pitsford Reservoir today, no other noteworthy birds being located.


Neil M



Male Reed Bunting,
courtesy of John Tilly.

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