Tuesday, 22 February 2011

February 22nd 2011

If yesterday was damp and grotty then today was dry and dull. Very poor visibility when we arrived at the pond with 20+ Goosander, first winter male and female Scaup off the sailing club, adult Yellow-legged Gull off farborough bank, 32 Wigeon, 30 Goldeneye, 5 Gadwall and 40 Teal dotted around the reservoir. The Brambling flock were playing hide and seek with only 3 on show after 40 minutes of waiting then at least 19 appeared with the finch flock and possibly as many as 30 still present but difficult to count and they disappeared again in the afternoon - at least 16 Linnets with them.
Other birds of note were Kingfisher on inlet seen later by the draycote bank stream by Bob, 4 Barnacle Geese, 3 Graylag, 7 Long-tailed Tit and a Ringed Plover flew over calling.
After checking for moths around the rangers yard with 3 Dotted Border and an Early Moth we walked down the road to the Kites Hardwick Golf Range where you can get a Bacon Butty and a coffee. Not the safest road on this planet but the hedgerow held a Treecreeper which showed down to three feet. Returned to do the roost but gave up after 90 minutes – chilled.


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