Sunday, 14 February 2016

Owling about looking for February patch points

Oystercatcher in flight
Lapwings on main spit
Pophills Green Sandpipers
Little Owl (taken last winter)
Peregrine close up

Looking back on my records of the birds I've recorded in previous February's (but have not seen this year at the pits) include Dunlin, Common Sandpiper and Goosander. Visits to find these have continued to be short walks from the car.

We had two new additions on the feeders this week with male Bullfinch paying a visit looking for an easy feast. The bird we would like to attract are Siskins but no luck as yet. 

Over the main pit two Peregrine battled - clearly a youngster trying to muscle into territory already held by our resident bird. Duck counts remain disappointing over all. Two of the five Shelduck look paired up whilst the Teal numbers continue to drop as more habitat is restored around the site. Two Oystercatcher were recorded on one day by Paul but I've only seen one myself.  Seven Buzzards were enjoying Fridays good thermals above the plantation.  Grey Heron's seem to be more active at the moment and they are spending plenty of time in the fields surrounding the pits (seven were at Abbots Salford).

At least six Green Sandpipers are still present on Pophills normally around the small island. The heavy rain has rapidly increased the water level. Skylarks are very actively displaying all around this area and can't be missed. Spring can't be far away.

Paul was keen to see the local Barn Owl one evening however that search was in vein but we did discover calling Little Owl & two Tawny Owls. Towards the south of the recording area looking for Grey Partridge & Brambling,  50 Linnets, 30 Yellowhammer & 35 Chaffinch were noted.

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