Friday, 6 January 2012

WOODCOCK and just 78 CORN BUNTINGS in to roost at Marsworth

I decided to take advantage of the clear, calm conditions and try Marsworth for the bunting roost. A quick scan of the tree tops revealed a group 12 Corn Buntings in one tree. As small groups of Buntings flew into the reeds at one stage there were 47 in the same tree. In the end Lynne, Jeff and I counted 78 going to roost. Jeff and I stayed to see if Barn Owl or anything else would appear. We managed to see several Common Snipe, possibly five, in the dark as they got distinctly active in the dark. As we walked back to our cars the ironic moment kicked in as a Woodcock flew out from the trees, over the reeds and reservoir to cross the causeway and presumably over Startops. Why couldn’t it have done that last week!!!

Roy Hargreaves

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