Tuesday, 10 February 2015

TREE SPARROWS still present in Long Marston village

A pair of Mallard was sat on CHOLESBURY VILLAGE POND as I drove by, while in LONG MARSTON, 3 of the 4 wintering TREE SPARROWS were chirping away in the hedgerow just north of the village. Lots more birds were in Matt Rossor's back garden, including 10 Chaffinch, 8 Goldfinch, 6 Greenfinch, 6 Dunnock, etc whilst in the village proper, Song Thrush and 25 House Sparrows present.

In the main car park at STARTOP'S END RESERVOIR, several House Sparrows and 4 Greenfinches were 'gritting' - both species 'new' for my local list of 2015

Nothing new on the reservoirs, with 8 Mute Swans, 14 Pochard, 42 Tufted Duck & 115 Coot on TRINGFORD and 28 Coot, 68 Tufted Duck, 8 Teal, 3 Wigeon, 17 Pochard, 6 Great Crested Grebe & a Little Grebe on STARTOP'S.
A lot of wildfowl present on COLLEGE LAKE BBOWT including 21 Mute Swans (5 first-years), 278 Wigeon, 54 Gadwall, 8 Teal, 50 Tufted Duck, 18 Pochard, a pair of Red-crested Pochard, 108 Coot, Water Rail, 230 Lapwing and 4 Common Snipe; 2 Collared Dove and a singing male Song Thrush are scarce here.

On neighbouring PITSTONE QUARRY, 4 Wigeon were unusual here, with 26 Coot, 3 Teal, 8 Tufted Duck & 1 Pochard completing the numbers. A male Song Thrush was in song

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