Thursday, 28 January 2010

January 28th 2010

Out early with Chris hoping for a Barn Owl down the Southam Road and managed one bird that stayed out for a while though not surprisingly it cleared off as the traffic volume increased.
We moved on to Grandborough and after a 20 minute wait the Great Grey Shrike appeared for 15 minutes before dropping back in to the hedge to hunt the edges of the stream and out of sight. Only other species of note were Sparrowhawk, 50 Lapwing, 100 Linnet and a mixed flock of 60 winter thrushes. One Song Thrush singing its heart by the hay barn was a welcome sound.
No change at Napton Reservoir, still a pair of Pochard and 8 Mute Swan .
Arrived at Draycote Water for my guided walk which was well attended with 22 souls but the wind was in our faces and had increased forcing most of the duck to shelter against the north bank so nothing close to enjoy.
I struggled to ensure we all saw the distant Great-northern Diver that spent ten minutes on the surface preening before it disappeared. The female Common Scoter was also distant in toft bay but in more sheltered water and luckily both Goldeneye and a Buzzard took pity on us and gave better views on the return. Only other birds of note were 4 Redwing flying over while the smaller birds still remain elusive or non-existent.
Walking through my estate this evening a distant Tawny Owl was heard


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