Saturday, 1 November 2008


The main thing about this morning's trawl through Freeman's Wood and into Aldcliffe was the overwhelming number of thrushes - fieldfare in particular. Well, just the number of birds in general was enough the set the pulse racing!
Almost every hawthorn held redwings, song thrushes and blackbirds with associating flocks of mobile fieldfare being quite impressive.
The stubble fields were attracting good numbers of finches (mainly chaffinch) plus a few reed buntings, tree sparrows and the odd meadow pipit & pied wag. At least 12 skylark passed over.
c. 370 greylag were feeding in the cut maize fields.
On the flooded Wildfowlers' Pools there were at least 500 redshank, 36 black-tailed godwit, 9 snipe, 4 teal and 14 coot. A water rail squeeled nearby and another showed well by the flooded Bank Pool. A green sandpiper was seen over the fields by Guy McC. (cheers Guy)
Just 1 little egret was noted the Marsh and around 100 Canada geese were on the river.
Freeman's Pools held 4 mute swan, 11 shoveler, 9 wigeon, 2 tufted duck, 1stw f scaup, 10 coot & 2 little grebe.

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