THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER
Hoping for my first WOODPIGEON passage of the year, revisited IVINGHOE HILLS NR this morning when conditions were reasonably clear with a light westerly wind. My visit however coincided with virtually nil passage - just one flock of 11 birds and just 6 Fieldfare - pathetic.
Just this one flock of Woodpigeons - dire
Even more depressing was the fact that a Badger had been killed overnight just by the Beech trees on the Ringshall side of the car park and added to that was the sight of fireworks and associated rubbish strewn all over the grass by the car park (see pix). It took myself and this kind model aircraft enthusiast over 20 minutes to gather this sackful of rubbish. And on the subject of Model Aircraft Flying, here is a sign depicting the current flying ranges - and contradictory to what I had been told, it is permissible to fly from just below the car park!
I then searched high and low for the GADE Great White Egret seen yesterday by Dan Forder but no luck - 3 JACK SNIPE remaining at COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT the only other birds of note.
I cut my losses and headed north to STANWICK GP (NORTHANTS), but despite staying until dusk with Gary Pullan and Steve Fisher, the erratic Azorean Gull failed to show up in the pre-roost (just 1-2 adult CASPIAN GULLS, 30 Great Black-backed, 45 Lesser Black-backed & 11 Common, 1-2 Common Kingfishers, a BLACK-TAILED GODWIT and over 800 European Golden Plover).