Thursday, 4 November 2010

November 4th 2010

Water level rising again at Napton Reservoir with no visible shore line so only 4 Shoveler and 9 Pochard at first light and with the wind gusting over 20mph we had no chance of locating the bearded Tit (if still present) so the only other birds of note were 3 Meadow Pipit, 10 Redwing and 10 Fieldfare plus a Snipe flying over.
Moved on to Napton on the Hill and waited 90 minutes for the shrike but it failed to show as the wind got stronger so we cleared off for breakfast at Long Itchington.
On our return and joined by a couple of other birders the wind had increased so I put our chances at zero but luckily after 50 minutes I located the bird in flight along the entrance road and it landed on the fence posts 15ft in front of Pete and Chris before doing its normal hunting sallies from the telegraph wires. Raven in the field behind us and plenty of Skylarks other side of the canal.
Draycote Water despite recording gusts of 33mph had nothing to offer.


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