Sunday, 16 January 2011

January 16th 2011

It was another mild night though very windy so not surprisingly we failed to find any owls down the Southam Road but did have the bonus of Roe Deer and Fox.
Arrived at nearby Draycote Water at first light with 80% of the roost still present and sheltering from the wind so picked out a second winter Med Gull off the wind surfing area and further out there was a superb juvenile Caspian Gull. At least 315 Greater Black-backed Gulls counted.
Our walk to the valve tower did not produce many duck with 15 Goosander, 40 Pochard and a Gadwall the best of a poor total and behind the inlet the finch flock contained at least 3 Brambling amongst 100+ Goldfinch and Chaffinch. On our return to the car park the wind had become almost gale force making walking difficult but we managed Raven and 350 Lapwing over hensborough bank and the male Smew was off farborough bank near the visitor centre.
Met up with Colin at the Long Itchington Diner before moving on to Brandon Marsh but did not see much and as Dave drove through Lawford Heath I was snoring like a baby.
My moth trap continues to shine with 5 Winter Moth, Spring Usher and Chestnut and an hours search of Cock Robin Wood tonight with a lamp produced 15 Winter and 2 Early Moths.


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