Sunday, 6 February 2011

February 6th 2011

The strong winds continue so something must be getting tired at being battered by the conditions over the last three days but as far as Dave and I could tell this morning it certainly was not at the pond.
Started the day trawling Grandborough valley for owls but no luck so moved on to the grassy field , Southam Rd seeing 2 Raven, 7 Redwing and single Fieldfare when the light improved.
At the pond we took a walk out to rainbow corner where it was again sheltered. At first there was no sign of Scaup or Smew and by the time we reached rainbow we had only managed 3 Long-tailed Tits, 2 Goldcrest and 10 Goosander. Luckily on our return the male Smew had been sitting out of sight on the ledge of hensborough bank but soon disappeared and the female Scaup appeared 150 yards off the same dam.
The Long Itchington Diner had over 60 people present by 9:30am as the classic car and biker admirers were out enjoying today’s mild temperatures and showing off there chrome while Dave and I spent time discussing which orchids, butterflies, moths and dragonflies we could go for this year plus the yearly hoped for Quail and Dotterel I keep promising him.
Decided to walk the footpaths off Wharf Road, Fenny Compton to check on the visibility of the railway line with Buzzard and Raven going over before moving on to Wormleighton where we had 20 Tree Sparrow, 10 Yellowhammer, 4 Reed Bunting, 3 Marsh Tit, Coal Tit, Raven, Great-spotted Woodpecker and Buzzard. The reservoir only had 10 Mallard.
Final stop was to put the Long Lawford Little Egrets on to Dave’s year list with 2 present, one on the edge of ditch half asleep and the other in ditch occasionally stretching its neck but out of sight for long periods.


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