Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Winter Thrushes and a Woodcock

Overcast, light rain, 11º, light to fresh SSW.

A small flock of 16 Redwing in the meadow and 20+ Chaffinch. 11 Black-headed Gulls on the school playing field.

Lollingdon Hill hosted 1 Meadow Pipit, not surprising as a female Sparrowhawk flew the length of the south side and probably flushed most things. However 5 Red Kite and 2 Buzzard overhead there.

2 Common Snipe and a Woodcock flushed from some ditches in the area, several Great-spotted Woodpeckers seen with one drumming.

A large flock of c600 Winter Thrushes nearby with Fieldfare outnumbering Redwing by a ratio of approx 20 to 1.
6 Song Thrush and 4 Mistle Thrush also seen.

Several smaller flocks of winter thrushes also seen, maybe around 1000+ birds altogether, the most I've seen for a while in the area.

A single Reed Bunting seen out on the farmland, several Skylark and a few more Meadow Pipits.

13 Roe Deer seen in 3 separate groups.

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