Thursday, 4 February 2010

February 4th 2010

Out with Mark and raining again and there was no sign of the Grandborough Valley Great Grey Shrike or Merlin after an hour searching, just 30 Linnets and 3 Skylarks.
Napton Reservoir had 14 Pochard and 18 Long-tailed Tit.
We expected Draycote Water to save the day but the water level continues to rise and there was no sign of the male Smew or female Common Scoter and it took us 90 minutes to add Great-northern Diver, female Shoveler and male Goosander to a very poor day list.
Despite the rain and gloom this mild spell brought 3 moths to my garden trap last night (min temp 3.4c) Winter Moth and my first Early Moth and Grey Shoulder Knot of the year so I am now up to 6 species for the year.


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