Thursday, 24 December 2009

December 24th 2009

Another cold day on the patch but the thaw is on its way. There was no sign of the Great White Egret at Wormleighton Reservoir which is supposed to be still present, Jack Snipe in the overflow culvert and a Woodcock in the wood at the back while the hedgerow opposite the house held 5 Tree Sparrow. Also around were 4 Reed Bunting 2 Buzzard, 2 Coal Tit and Sparrowhawk.
On the way to the pond called in at Napton Reservoir with Water Rail, Green Woodpecker and Cetties Warbler seen and near Calcutt the Barn Owl was seen hunting at mid-day.
Draycote Water had all its present guests with 2 Great-northern Diver, 3 female Common Scoter, male Smew from draycote bank while other birds present included 19 Goosander, adult Yellow-legged Gull, 2 Kingfisher, 2 Grey Wagtail, female Pintail, 14 Lesser Redpoll, 2 Buzzard, 76 Golden Plover, 2 Coal Tit and Willow Tit.

They say Christmas is just like another day at the office. You do all the work and the fat guy in the suit takes the credit.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas


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