Saturday, 14 February 2009

February 14th 2009

Out early this morning with overnight temperatures down to -2 in the more exposed places resulting in a sharp frost. Barn Owl flew across road between Woolscott and Sawbridge while a Little Owl was perched on a telegraph pole at Flecknoe Fields. Walked the footpath between Grandborough and Calcutt and rewarded with a day flying Barn Owl, Stonechat male and distant Peregrine attacking Lapwings though smaller birds were thin on the ground.
On my return Buzzard and Raven were seen along Flecknoe Road with 150 Stock Dove at the junction with the A426 before arriving at Draycote Water and walking out to valve tower where Shag and 2 Great-northern Divers were off shore with the third out in centre. At least 16 Goldeneye, 3 Shoveler and 12 Goosander seen along with Grey Wagtail, Great-spotted Woodpecker, Buzzard and 3 Jay. Back at the cafe the Red-necked Grebe was a distant speck with better views off farborough bank and Treecreeper, Siskin, 2 Green Woodpecker and 4 Song Thrush were in the country park.
Back home and I'm being pestered by a gang of feral pigeon,s hogging the feeders - where's a sparrowhawk when you want one.


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