Sunday, 20 December 2009

December 20th 2009

Another stunning winters morning birding with a light overnight snow shower clearing to blue skies bringing the tempature down to a crispy -5c and Dave managed to pick up a Long-eared Owl just before dawn down the Southam Road but no sign of any Barn Owls.
We then moved on to the Hill Rd and explored the footpaths to Dunchurch and Woolscott in time to appreciate a Short-eared Owl as is went over heading towards Willoughby and the area was full of pigeons and corvid as they left there roost including 3 Ravens while at least 500 Linnets were feeding on seed heads. On the way back 30 Golden Plover flew in and 4 Buzzard seen.
Draycote Water was hard work with 2 Great-northern Diver, 33 Gadwall, 2 female Common Scoter and 12 Goosander seen on our walk to Rainbow Corner then we moved on to Rookery Hall Farm, Lawford Heath where an extensive search found 5 Corn Bunting, 2 Yellowhammer and one Tree Sparrow amongst the 100+ Chaffinch. The biggest surprise was the Jack Snipe that flew off from the back of the farm after being flushed by a cat and there were at least 100 Golden Plover between the old barn and the tip plus 3 Buzzard and a few winter thrushes.


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