Tuesday, 1 February 2011

February 1st 2011

Yesterdays small influx of ducks did not stay long so the ponds back to being dire with very little on offer in the drizzle this morning. No sign of the female Smew (male still present), 37 Goosander, female Scaup between inlet and outlet while it took 40 minutes before the main finch flock showed (60 birds) with at least 15 Brambling present but distant. Two adult Yellow-legged gulls on the remaining ice off hensborough bank and the only other birds of note were Kingfisher, Green Woodpecker and Raven.
The weather improved in the afternoon so wandered around the Grandborough valley with female Brambling and Tree Sparrow, Woodbine Farm, 2 Golden Plover heading east over Grandborough and a male Stonechat between Fields and Lodge Farm, Woolscott. Also 3 Raven, 2 Buzzard, Jay, Green Woodpecker, 6 Skylark, 10 Bullfinch, 4 Reed Bunting and 20 Yellowhammer in the area along with 4 Cormorant and female Goosander heading east towards Daventry Reservoir.


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