Thursday, 8 November 2012

Lack of birds


Another nice morning with temperatures climbing to a balmy 12 degrees C. No rain and long bright spells

At CHAFFINCH HOUSE first thing, 11 Goldfinch on the Nyger feeders and 20 Common Starlings fighting over the suet..

Then two dead BADGERS - one just north of ASHLEY GREEN along the A416 at HOCKERIDGE WOOD (SP 978 057) and another on the A41 close to NEW GROUND.

Vizmig at IVINGHOE BEACON was non-existent in increasing westerly winds but I was pleased to see 5 FIELDFARE at the Beacon itself.

Likewise, STARTOP'S END drew a blank, neither any pipits to be found nor the female Goosander....

MARSWORTH RESERVOIR had a nice COMMON KINGFISHER fishing at the sluice, with 3 Great Crested Grebes, 65 Greylag Geese, 55 Shoveler, 1 Redwing and 12 Long-tailed Tits seen.

WILSTONE was equally as poor with no sign of the recent Slav, the 2 adult WHOOPERS, 45 Mute Swans, 1 Little Egret, 5 European Golden Plovers and an increase to 215 Lapwings

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