Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Circular farmland walk, 19th Jan

Sunny, frosty, 4º. Stream levels high and a lot of partial flooding.
Highlight today was a Jack Snipe, only the 2nd one I’ve seen in Cholsey. Nearly trod on it before it flew and gave a rather quiet short call. It flew about 15m away; I saw where it landed but could not relocate it!
2 flyover flocks of Lapwing comprising 32 birds in all.
Also seen:
3 Buzzard
5 Red Kite
1 Sparrowhawk
1 Kestrel
Good numbers of Redwing and Fieldfare, several Song Thrush (with 2 in song) and 7 Mistle Thrush.
Several Reed Bunting and Yellowhammer.
2 Bullfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 20+ Goldfinch and many Chaffinch.
2 Stock Dove.
6 Skylark.
Several Pied Wagtails on some floods. Corvids abundant (Rook, Jackdaw, Carrion Crow and Magpie).
A Few Black-headed and Lesser Blackback Gulls overhead.
2 Roe Deer resting in field margin.

                               Pied Wagtail on playing field.

A small number of Black-headed and Lesser Blackback Gulls loafing by the floods near Cholsey sewage farm. Will keep an eye on them over the next few days as we might find Cholsey's 1st Yellow-legged Gull!!! I live in hope.

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