Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Marsh & Meadow

Cloudy, 8°, getting misty and a breezy NE.

The marsh roost slightly up on last week with c60 Corn Bunting in this evening and Meadow Pipit down to around 40.

3 Yellowhammer also in and c10 Reed Bunting present.

Lots of Fieldfare and Redwing flying over in all directions, 2 Mistle Thrush over and a Song Thrush singing on the marsh.

A Cetti’s Warbler and a Chiffchaff close to Ferry road and at least a couple of Bullfinch nearby.

7 Common Snipe flew off the reserve and headed across the river and approx. 80 Lapwing and c100 Golden Plover overhead.

2 Mute Swan flew in and settled on the river and 2 Egyptian Geese flew upstream.

At dusk there were 500+ Corvids (Rook and Jackdaw, maybe more but view restricted) in the air upstream and towards North Stoke presumably going to roost in that area and making a whole lot of noise.

Buzzard, Kestrel, Grey Heron, Cormorant, Kingfisher, Great-spotted Woodpecker and 2+ Siskin noted.

2 Nuthatch in the garden again today.

News from Tony Rayner.

Took a turn around our meadow today, a huge flock of Linnet, at least 100 and probably many more. These attracted to the weedy field beyond. A number (4+) of Skylark flying around - also attracted to the weedy fields.

At least 10 Blackbird a singing Song Thrush and at least 10 Fieldfare.

Two male Blackcap in our central hedge. Also our first Greenfinch for over a month.

A Buzzard seems to be resident on the site which may explain the current absence of Red Kite. (Suspect someone is feeding them elsewhere).

In the weedy field there were 3 Roe Deer.

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