Friday, 8 January 2016

Here We Go Again....

First chance today to have a proper walk out. The floods continue to turn up the goods. 300 Greylags, 50+ Teal, at least fourteen Wigeon, two Gadwall, Little Grebe, 300 Lapwing, 20 Golden Plover, 45 Curlew and a Dunlin spotted in flight and then located amongst a distant Lapwing flock.

This is one of only a handful of parish sightings and a bird I didn’t pick up in 2015.
Good numbers of winter thrushes around today with the largest flocks of Redwing since the first autumn arrivals, many of them feeding on the ‘tide line’ of the floods. Other birds totting up the 2016 year list included Little Egret, Kingfisher, Redpoll and a winter Chiffchaff.

This Kestrel was again ‘hunting’ worms.

As I watched a second bird flew in with what I at first thought were falconer’s jesses, in fact it was a huge earthworm dangling from its feet.  The other bird chased after it and attempted to grab the worm but justice prevailed and it was unsuccessful  

Nice also to see four Roe Deer on Langlands today, the first I’ve seen since last summer.

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