20 January 2013

Birds concentrate along the Colne

A lack of any cold weather movement to speak of this morning, however, a walk along the Colne at first light produced 2 Water Pipit, 17 Northern Lapwing that flew off high N, 5 Common Snipe, 4 Gadwall, 1 Common Teal, 5 Mallard, 6 Little Grebe, c7 Mute Swan, 3 Stonechat, 3 Song Thrush, 3 Meadow Pipit and 25+ Black-headed Gull.

4 Gadwall along the Colne this morning flew off north

17 Lapwing along the Colne early morning all moved off north

1st year Mute Swan - around 7 birds present on the Colne this morning

A quick search of the river-side vegetation for Jack Snipe resulted no Jack Snipe but instead a dislocated knee (fortunately it popped back in)! A painful limp back along Bonehead Ditch produced just a single Common Teal and overhead 3 Fieldfare S, 1 Cormorant E and 1+ Grey Heron S were the only birds seen moving in what was now almost a whiteout, so we decided to call it a day (no Short-eared Owls seen this morning). At Stanwell Moor Village, 1f Reed Bunting was along the stream, and c7 Fieldfare were on the bank of King George VI Reservoir.

Back home the feeders were busy, with 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Stock Dove, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Nuthatch, 3 Greenfinch, 3 Chaffinch, several Goldfinch, Blue Tit, Long-tailed Tit, 2 Coal Tit, Blackbird, 3 Robin, Ring-necked Parakeet, several Woodpigeon and a Magpie.

Stock Dove in the garden

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