Friday, 18 February 2011

Ivinghoe today

Mike Nott obtained these very nice images of Green Woodpecker today
Ivinghoe 11.30-3.30 18 Feb 11

Slight easterly breeze, watery sun. Shrubs and bushes area between road and Incombe Hole gate. A muntjac barked, Great Spotted Woodpecker drumming near the cattle grid, at least 3 Song Thrushes singing, Great tits, Blue tits, Dunnock, Magpie, Crows, Chaffinch, Wren, Bullfinch, Robin and a pair of Long-tailed tits by the gate. Flocks of gulls were flying over almost continuously, west to east, mainly black-headed but difficult to ID against the sky. No flocks of finches.

Incombe Hole was very quiet, just a few of the resident Blackbirds, Robin, Gt Tit, Blue Tit and Chaffinch. A Jay flew through and Green Woodpecker called. A flock of 20 Starlings went over. At the far, southerly end a couple of Fieldfare and 5 Bullfinches (3m 2F) were the highlight. Disappointed not to see any birds of prey including the resident Kestrels, nor any Meadow Pipits, Skylarks or Yellowhammers. At base of hill approaching S bend a Buzzard flew past and Pheasant called. Sheep field contained lots of gulls feeding. There are bird scarers operating in the area so there were few Woodpigeons for a change (Sally Douglas).

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