Thursday, 21 January 2010

January 21st 2010

Winter Moth trapped overnight.
I was out with Bob Hazell visiting Church Lawford, Coombe Abbey and Brandon Marsh. The 16 Bewick’s Swans were still on Newham Grounds between Bretford and Church Lawford this morning while the other was found with the Mute Swan flock between The Grange and Cottage Farm eating well and seemed OK. Two Golden Plover flew over west.

Useing the hedge as a blind Bob got a nice shot of this Bewick's Swan

Unfortunately there was too much disturbance at Coombe Abbey for the Lesser-spotted Woodpecker but 3 Great-spotted Woodpecker, 5 Long-tailed Tit, Little Owl in a dead Oak tree, Buzzard and 150 Fieldfare seen.
We tried for the Green-winged Teal at Brandon Marsh which had been seen early morning but no luck though we did get good prolonged views of the Bittern. Other birds of note were Snipe, pair of Goldeneye, 3 Bullfinch and Nuthatch at the visitors centre. No sign of the Bewick’s Swan flock as we drove past mid-afternoon.
Interestingly a Ring-billed Gull adult was reported from the balancing pool, Shawell this afternoon so one for me to get my gums in to over the next few roosts if it comes our way.
Chatting with Bob and Max at Brandon regarding Great-northern Diver plumages at the pond and an adult winter has been seen recently so there could be or have been three birds present.


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