Sunday, 6 December 2009

December 5th 2009

Early afternoon visit to the Nene Washes, Cambridgeshire for a taste of winter birding with a Bittern on Eldernell Pit showing all too briefly as it crossed the pit and there were at least 100 Fieldfare, 200 Redwing and 15 Siskin in the surrounding hedgerows and a Marsh Harrier hunting near Lord Holts Wood. On returning to the car park for another layer we then walked out along the Nene Way footpath heading east with Water Pipit, Kingfisher and Stonechat seen on the edge of Morston Leam that runs parallel with the footpath.
Continuous scanning of the March Farmers area of the wash produced ringtail Hen Harrier, 3 Marsh Harrier and 3 Short-eared Owl with a Barn Owl to finish off and another Barn Owl was seen near the Barnwell Country Park Oundle as we headed for a meal just outside the village.


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