Sunday, 27 December 2015

27th December

Lying in bed last night I could heard large numbers of duck on the floodwater, even through the double glazing, but there were only around a dozen Mallard and a single Cormorant on the bottom fields this morning. A single Redshank flew over and as I approached Langlands I could hear Whooper Swans calling but couldn’t see them. They may have been flying along the river as sound carried well in the exceptionally calm conditions….

The floods on Langlands too were quiet with only a handful of Teal but the Greylag flock by the How Beck had grown to over 400 birds.

Last winter there were record numbers of buntings in the arable fields at the south end of Langlands. So far the mild weather has meant they haven’t gathered in large numbers but there were around 40 Yellowhammers there today.

This Kestrel, perched in the same bush as the Yellowhammers, seemed more interested in earthworms than birds and was able to spot them at surprisingly long distances…

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