Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Tree Sparrows

Yet another gloomy morning. From The Point 08.25-09.00:
Red-throated Diver: 13E    7W
Great Crested Grebe: c100 o/s
Gannet: 6E   13W
Common Scoter: 45E
Velvet Scoter: 7E
Kittiwake: 4+ o/s
Auk sp: 27E    9W

At the south end of the ARC the Gadwall flock still c 200 joined by c40 Teal, c100 Shoveler and c70 Pochard, also 2 Goldeneye.
Scotney was full of birds mainly Wigeon, Shoveler, a few Pintail, c200 Lapwing and all the usual Geese. At the back of the lake 4+ Marsh Harriers hunted the ditches.
A couple of hours plodding around the green lanes of Walland was pleasant enough though not especially rewarding. The 37 Bewick Swans were still to the north of Caldecot Lane, Marsh Harriers could be seen just about everywhere along with 2 Common Buzzards, Tree Sparrows were fairly plentiful, 4 Mistle Thrushes, c20 Fieldfares and usual 100s of Lapwing and many 1000s of Jackdaw, Rooks and Crows, several flocks of c20 each of Chaffinches but a distinct lack of Buntings. The Tickners Lane seed dump is now overgrown and no birds. 

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