7 February 2013

Stanwell Moor Siskins

Very quiet at the patch this morning, but the sun did give a spring-like feel and a few birds are now singing, notably Song Thrush and Great Tit. Highlights were 1 Short-eared Owl hunting distantly first thing, 8 Common Snipe on the southern flood, 3 (2m, 1f) Stonechat, 1 Grey Wagtail on the Colne, 1-2 Little Egret (along the Colne and River Wraysbury), 1 Cetti's Warbler H (same part of the Colne as last time), 4 Song Thrush feeding along the Colne, 2 Skylark N, 4 Little Grebe and 8 Mute Swan (4 on the Colne and 4 over), 18+ Black-headed Gull on the Colne and 1 Cormorant on the Colne early morning.

Little Egret shortly after dawn

On Stanwell Moor 1m Reed Bunting, 2-3 Goldcrest, a pair of Tufted Duck, c15 Common Teal, 2 Pied Wagtail N and 2 Great Spotted Woodpecker (1 over N) were noted. Spent a bit of time watching a flock of c.20 Siskins on Stanwell Moor that showed well feeding in Alders with a few Goldfinches along the Colne Valley Way and in Stanwell Moor Village. The light was rather poor but I did manage a few half decent images. Rob Innes has reported at least 80 in the area. I might try for some better pics if they hang around. Also had 2 Red Kites over the M25 just north of M3 junction at 13:40.

Adult male

Female

Male feeding on Alder Alnus glutinosa seeds


Check out how much this bird has twisted its head to get at the seeds

This bird is ringed - see below

I think the ring number is Y68875. I'll report this to the BTO to see if they can
shed some light on where this bird was ringed.

Weather: Sunny (2 oktas in morning) becoming cloudy early afternoon (7 oktas), very light but cold W wind.

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