Thursday, 3 February 2011

A bit of a hike, Tue 3rd Feb.

Sunny, 9º, light to fresh SW.
Home to the Wallingford bypass parallel with the railway, then to Winterbrook and along the Thames to the 4 Arches, then back to Bow and along Caps lane to home.
Mute Swan, 10 in a fodder field and 2 flying high downriver. Approx 50 Canada Geese, 30+ Mallard, 4 Gadwall and 6 Tufted Duck.
3 pairs of Grey Partridge and a few Pheasants.
6 Little Grebe, 5 Great Crested Grebe, 8 Cormorant and 5 Grey Heron.
Over 30 Red Kites, 4 Common Buzzards, 1 Sparrowhawk and 3 Kestrels.
Moorhen common and 12 Coot seen on river. Usual Black-headed Gull along river with 200+ at Cholsey Sewage Farm again. A few Lesser Blackbacks high overhead.
Many Wood Pigeon and 7 Stock Dove, and around 10 Collared Dove seen.
A Tawny Owl heard but not seen and a Kingfisher along the river between Winterbrook and Bow.
2 Green and 5 Great-spotted Woodpeckers and 12 Skylark (several in song flight). 2 Meadow Pipit, 20+ Pied Wagtail (all at the sewage farm).
3 Song Thrush, good numbers of Fieldfare (100+), Redwing (120+) and Blackbird (c50).
First Goldcrest seen this year and plenty of Long-tailed, Blue and Great Tits. Also 6 Coal Tits.
A highlight today was a Nuthatch seen and heard, the first one I’ve had in Cholsey for a number of years.
Corvids very common! 20+ Magpie, 2 Jay, hundreds of Rooks and Jackdaws and 20+ Carrion Crows.
Chaffinch common and a flock of 51 Linnet, 50+ Goldfinch in various locations, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Siskin and 2 Bullfinch.
6 Yellowhammer, 1 in song and 6 Reed Bunting.
Quite a few Grey Squirrel seen. Dead Fox near road by Caps Lane.
77 species of bird recorded in Cholsey so far this year that I am aware of.

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