Tuesday, 5 January 2010

January 4th 2010

After yesterdays loss I’m birding on anger and intent on self destruction so I was on Beck Hill at first light enjoying a wind chill temperature of -8c in a very heavy frosted valley. Main aim was to see if any owls were about and managed 2 Barn Owls from my vantage point though I did suffer. One was probably the Southam Road bird and another was towards Woolscott. As the light improved hundreds of Wood Pigeons, Jackdaws and other corvids left there roost along with 3 Raven and the nearby Linnet flock was around the 300 mark and fully aware of the presence of a female Merlin. Also seen were 2 Red-legged Partridge, 2 Green Woodpecker, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 40 Redwing, 200 Fieldfare, 2 Tree Sparrow, 6 Bullfinch and Sparrowhawk.
This afternoon the female Brambling showed briefly in the garden, 5 Fieldfare flew south and 7 Cormorant north.


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