Monday, 23 February 2009

February 23rd 2009

It was another mild night with a light north westerly breeze. Garden moth trap had 2 Early Moth, 2 Pale Brindled Beauty and a Light Brown Apple Moth.
Last weeks female Hen Harrier is still in the area seen crossing the Southam road near the village of Hill heading towards Birdingbury following the River Leam before turning back and going down the valley towards Grandborough.
Napton Reservoir had 9 Teal, 2 Shoveler, Grey Wagtail, Green Woodpecker and 5 Meadow Pipit but failed to find anything of interest at either Calcutt or Broadwell. A brief visit to ‘marsland’ hoping the harrier might appear produced 4 Tree Sparrow, 50 Chaffinch, 4 Red-legged Partridge and Great-spotted Woodpecker while cycling back towards the A426 a Peregrine flew over the junction with Hill Rd.
The gull roost from the north shore at Draycote Water contained first winter Glaucous Gull and at least 3 Iceland Gulls with adult, first and second winter all between 5pm and dusk, also in roost were 3 Yellow-legged Gull and adult winter Med Gull while the Red-necked Grebe, Great-northern Diver still present.


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