Wednesday, 20 October 2010

A-maize-ing time............

Started at the sewage works, my initial observation was of Blackbirds, about 25 in the small trees. 2 Grey Wagtails, 1 Chiffchaff and 2 Goldcrest, along with 4 Dunnock, Goldfinch, Chaffinch, Robin, and Wren also present. I headed north and about 25 Fieldfare flew over, NW, a Great Crested Grebe was on the river. At the railway cutting, more Blackbirds, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Goldcrest, 1 Chiffchaff, 2 Blackcap, 2 Dunnock and a flock of 9 Long-tailed Tits present. 2 Little Egrets were on the marsh. A flock of 18 Jackdaw were in the dead tree on the hillside.
No sign of Brambling spotted yesterday, though the track from railway crossing was very busy with tractors and little else, the Maize is being harvested, so hopefully will be plenty of birds on the stubble very soon. Wildfowler’ Pool 2 Little Grebe and a few Teal present. On the flood I was pleased to see a Water Rail skulking about.

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