On Sunday 6th January a team of birders comprising of Bethan Clyne, Jacob Spinks and Helen Franklin undertook the Banbury Ornithological Society Short Day Count in SP55 (Northamptonshire).
The keen team were on site at 8am at Fawsley Park once again to start their contribution to the BOS Short Day count in this square. Once again the first 2 hours of the 8-hour count were the most productive with vocal Ravens, a fly-through Peregrine, a Red Kite, 2 Mandarin Ducks, Water Rail, a female Gadwall, a pair of Pochard and a large flock of Siskins being the stars of the show.
The unseasonably warm weather of late is undoubtedly influencing the birds to be seen in this corner of Northamptonshire – no large flocks of thrushes were noted, nor any grebes or owls or Brambling. But Peregrines, Red Kites and Kestrels were all enjoying the sunshine at more than one site in the square and all five of the more common species of gulls were around in abundance.
A total of 64 species of bird were noted which is about average for this count.