Saturday, 22 January 2011

GREEN SANDPIPERS still present - and REDPOLL flock in Ashridge

A miserable, cold and wet couple of hours at Ashridge near the Monument was brightened by a flock of 40 plus Lesser Redpolls and a Tawny Owl which was being mobbed by a flock of furious Long-tailed Tits. It perched up above my head and allowed me some great scope views. Also, a Great Tit there that really confused me calling like a Great Spotted Woodpecker crossed with a Bullfinch with a hint of Chiffchaff! I've never heard anything like this call before - really confused me for a while until I saw it.

Also the 2 Green Sandpipers were at Wilstone and about 30 Golden Plovers (Chaz Jackson)

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