Golden Plover over Broom
Teal arriving on Pophills
Two patch visits from myself and Chris Lane made up this weeks blog. I went late afternoon to catch our local Barn Owl leave it's roost. The Owl looked in fantastic condition which is great news ahead of the breeding season. The sighting takes this years patch list to 79.
The weather has been very cold, wet and windy making any birding difficult. My visit on Saturday resulted in highlights on main pit of 39 Shoveler, 3 Shelduck, 2 Grey Heron, 6 Gadwall, 20 Black-headed Gulls & 2 Raven. Over at Pophills another pair of Shelduck had paired up which was promising with the 40+ Teal. Three Lesser-back-backed Gulls were bathing which was a surprise on this area.
A hunt around the other side of the village resulted in 44 Golden Plovers that were flushed by our male Peregrine. I hung around hoping for them to land again but they must have been very unsettled.
Chris had some excellent sighting midweek including 2 Wigeon, 9 Gadwall. 2 Pochard, Oystercatcher, 2 Green Sand, 31 Lapwing, 430 Black-headed Gulls & 50 Meadow Pipits. He also reported a brilliant flock of 88 Wigeon & 11 Pochard at Abbots Salford.
Two Hawfinch's have been present at Bidford Church in the village, just need them to head west a couple of miles.