Saturday, 22 January 2011

January 21st 2011

A frustrating birding day
The large female Sparrowhawk that’s often seen soaring over my estate was perched on my neighbours roof but I did realise it till seconds before if flew off.
Out mid-day with Dave for lunch at Brandon Marsh via Lawford Heath where we found over a 1000 large gulls resting near Manor Farm but just as we were getting our teeth in to them they were spooked. There might have been a first year Glaucous amongst them but ended up with poor flight views looking directly in to the sun so one that got away.
Brandon Marsh had good numbers of Shoveler and Gadwall plus 2 Shelduck, 4 Snipe and female Goldeneye but little else apart from 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers.
On the way home managed 30 Yellowhammer and 18 Corn Bunting.


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