If Draycote’s been dire recently today’s jaunt out to the Nene Wash was the opposite with plenty to enjoy and the bitterly cold north easterly wind just added to the atmosphere if not my comfort.
Checking my favourite areas of Eldernell, March Farmers and Wishbech St Mary’s Wash produced 3 Lesser Redpolls and 2 Siskin in Lords Holt Wood, a close female Marsh Harrier over the south bank heading for the wash, Barn Owl perched on post in front of the old duck decoy and a Kingfisher flying along the Moreton’s Leam.
Plenty of Whooper and Bewick’s Swan over, or on adjacent fields in various size groups with at least 500 & 150 noted and its always good to see the 2 Cranes on March Farmers while a bonus bird for me here was the distant ring-tail Hen Harrier near Poplar House Farm. As I continued past the Farm hoping for a Short-eared Owl I found a Water Pipit and Stonechat on the edge of the Leam. Other sightings included a Peregrine which flushed the duck and waders present and identify plenty of Pintail, Shoveler, Teal, Wigeon, Teal, plus 8 Ruff and 500 Black-tailed Godwits.
Home in time for a lift with Cym and Dave over to Cubbington for a drink with some of Warwickshire’s finest and catch up with county and local news. On the way home a Barn Owl was hunting just before 11am near the junction of the A4071 and A45 while Cym saw one in the valley this morning near Grandborough.