Monday, 11 April 2011

April 11th 2011

Draycote was blustery and cool when Bob and I arrived just after nine this morning.
At first it seemed there was very little on offer till Bob found a White Wagtail and I located 2 adult Little Gull and a Common Tern out in the centre. Only other birds of note were male Goldeneye, 6 Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatear, 2 Shoveler, 4 Wigeon and 6 Gadwall.

Wheatear by Bob Hazell

White Wagtail by Bob Hazell

It was far to windy for passerines on Napton on the Hill as a number of weather fronts went through so Mark and I watched the horizon from the sheltered east side and found our first Hobby of the year hunting high up after a low flying Chinook had stirred up the valley. At least 8 Buzzard and 4 Raven were seen along with Green Woodpecker.
Mid-afternoon 3 Buzzard and 2 Sparrowhawk over the garden and last night I trapped a Purple Thorn while Dave recently had a Flame Carpet

Flame Carpet by Bob Hazell

Purple Thorn by Bob Hazell

The moon looked good tonight captured by Marc Phillips and Saturn was showing along with one of its moons.

A photo of the Red Kite that flew over Long Lawford last Saturday taken by John Judge.


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