Thursday, 6 December 2012

Thrushes still prominent.

Overcast, 0º, light to mod SSW, felt colder.

The level of the Thames has dropped but it is still flowing relatively fast and still a lot of flooding in adjacent fields, also quite icy in most places and many of the flooded areas still frozen over.
Thirty-two Pied Wagtail on an icy flooded area near Bow Bridge there were more in an adjacent field but no visual on them, could only hear them calling, also ten Cormorant in their usual rest tree.

Thrushes prominent here with Plenty of Fieldfare and Redwing, around twenty Blackbird and three Song Thrush.
Cholsey Marsh busy and at least two Water Rail heard and five Common Snipe seen, the marsh is still quite waterlogged and the path is mainly navigable with wellies on.

Again, many thrushes here as well with over thirty Blackbird and five Song Thrush and a single Mistle Thrush noted along with approximately a hundred of each Fieldfare and Redwing. At one point, the thrushes went in to panic mode and in a short while I noted a Sparrowhawk sat in some bushes, it then flew off across the river. A Tufted Duck on the river and thirty plus Mallard present.
Rather chilly on Lollingdon hill and again thrushes in evidence, over twenty Blackbird and six Song Thrush noted here along with a few Fieldfare and Redwing. Many gulls feeding in local fields (Black-headed and Lesser Blackback) and six Common Gull seen, three adults and a first winter and then two more adults.

The garden has been busy today with an increase in Greenfinch and Blackbird (probably word has gotten around about the apples and sultanas for the Blackbirds) along with ten plus Goldfinch, two Jay briefly and a Great-spotted Woodpecker and Stock Dove again. The pair of Carrion Crow have been more frequent in the garden since the onset of the colder weather. Woke up just before daylight this morning and hearing Tawny Owl calling, Robin singing and a Grey Heron passing overhead.
A Red Fox also seen on my travels today.

                                   Pied Wagtail
                                   Ice skating
                                   Red Fox

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