Tuesday, 19 October 2010

15 October - Ivinghoe Hills

David Bilcock and I spent three and a half hours on the hills this morning. Little passage stuff, but still some good birds.

On Ivinghoe Beacon David picked up a RING OUZEL in a bush, this turned into 4 then 5 and then another joined them that came in from quite high and was presumably passing over. So six in total, 1 male, 2 female and 3 1st wints. We enjoyed these birds for about an hour with no-one flushing them, superb views of wonderful birds. Two single Fieldfare then a flock of 31 flew in.
On Steps Hill there were at least 30 Brambling in the White Beam trees, mainly on the Northern slope, with c20 in one tree alone- fantastic.

Startops Res ( Herts ) produced a large number of Pochard, 1 Red-crested Pochard and a Little Grebe.

Back in Rowsham I found that the farmer had finally cropped a very large Corn on the cob field. This field was absolutely full of birds, including many Skylark and Yellowhammer. In addition a flock of Siskin went over and then a large flock of Fieldfare went West (Mike Wallen Birding).

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