Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Snow but not for long!

Sunny, 2º, light to fresh NW, a light scattering of snow.

A chilly day, the snow mostly disappearing by lunchtime except on the surrounding hills but only a thin layer, expected to get to minus five tonight.

Eight Magpie seen near the Millennium Wood.
Quite a few winter thrushes around, less than of late but still several hundred each of Fieldfare and Redwing, forty plus Blackbird, twelve Song Thrush and six Mistle Thrush scattered around, five of the Song Thrush were together as a small flock.

Two Peregine seen with a kill (Wood Pigeon) and double figures of Buzzard and Red Kite and a couple of Kestrel noted.
A single Green Woodpecker seen and several Yellowhammer, Skylark and Meadow Pipit. Lesser Blackback Gull and Black-headed Gull seen frequently on iced flood areas and two Grey Heron noted.

The floods at South Moreton have also seen a Merlin and a Ruff this week and Chiffchaff and Blackcap both seen in the village in the last few days.
Thanks to Tony Williams for some of the info.

Something I had not noted before was a Black-headed Gull foraging in Wallingford town centre prior to dusk!
Around a dozen Roe Deer noted in various places.

                                   Lesser Blackback Gulls

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