Wednesday, 18 March 2009

March 18th 2009

The morning was spent gardening while the day warmed up accompanied by the odd sighting of Sparrowhawk and the Draycote Water hybrid falcon brought his girlfriend over for a thermal session – god help us with the identification if they get it on.
Down the valley in the afternoon spending three hours staking out a suitable raptor field while keeping an eye out for any flyovers and after 90 minutes the female Hen Harrier appeared for 10 minutes quartering field before drifting east. Also seen were 3 Sparrowhawk, 9 Buzzards, Raven, Great-spotted Woodpecker, male Stonechat and 2 Chiffchaff calling.
The roost at Draycote Water had the Shawell second winter Kumlien's Gull arriving very late, first winter Iceland Gull and first summer and adult Yellow-legged Gull. Also seen were 2 Great-northern Diver, Red-necked Grebe, 2 Oystercatcher, Siskin, Great-spotted Woodpecker and 23 Redwing. Woodcock flew over M45.


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