Tuesday, 22 January 2013

The still elusive Shrike.

Overcast, 2º, light NE, slight rain/sleet/snow?

The Great Grey Shrike seen a few times briefly this afternoon on the “Stoke” side of the Thames by Roger and ranging down to the four arches but three of us on the Cholsey side did not see it.
Around two hundred Corn Bunting again roosting and on another part of the marsh twenty plus Reed Bunting and a few Meadow Pipit roosting.

A Merlin flew through at around 16:30 and almost took a small passerine but missed and a Kestrel hunting over the marsh.
Several Lesser Redpoll present again feeding on seed heads and a couple of Water Rail heard and a Great-spotted Woodpecker present.

Twenty plus Common Snipe Flew over heading east.
The garden was busy this morning with up to ten of each Redwing and Fieldfare, three Song Thrush, two Mistle Thrush and ten plus Blackbird did not see much else as I had to go out.

Lesser Redpoll
Fieldfare & Redwing in the garden

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