Wednesday, 2 March 2011

March 2nd 2011

Yesterday we missed Rock Pipit and Glaucous Gull so I arrived at the pond with Bob to a bitterly cold north east wind hoping to locate the Rock Pipit but no luck though new arrivals included Oystercatcher, 19 Pochard, 80+ Wigeon and 4 Grey Wagtail. Both the male Smew and the pair of Scaup went walk about with the Scaup relocated by the valve tower and the Smew in rainbow corner and both Goosanders and Goldeneye numbers were down. The Brambling were active but distant with 24 counted and other birds of note were 2 Goldcrest, 2 Sparrowhawk, 3 Raven, adult Yellow-legged Gull, Great-spotted Woodpecker, 4 Long-tailed Tit, 10 Stock Dove, 40 Lapwing, 2 Buzzard, 22 Goldfinch and 9 Graylag. A large flock of thrushes near the sewage farm contained 350 Fieldfare, 50 Redwing and 19 Pied Wagtail.
Back home there was a 400 Fieldfare over Alywn Road and 500 over my garden later in the afternoon.



ShySongbird said...

I went in the afternoon Richard and that wind was vicious, it cut like a knife! Yet again I missed the Scaup and the Smew, I think I am destined to miss them every time. I also couldn't find the Rock Pipit...oh well!

Richard Mays said...

keep trying - male Scaup starting to look smart