Peregrine perched high
Peregrine watching us closely
Wood Pigeons above the fields
The weekend allowed me a double session of patch birding at Gravel Pits. Numbers were similar of both days bar a couple of exceptions. On Saturday I picked up three Siskin calling from the centre of the plantation they were the first of the year at the site.
The male Peregrine was observed on both days with him showing very well on Sunday. He seemed to wait for us to reach each area of the pits and when birds were flushed he swooped to get a tasty snack. When up on the bunds the Peregrine was just 20 metres above us.
On Sunday morning there were an estimated 9-10,000 Wood Pigeons and 400 Jackdaws around the farm that were most alert to the hunting Peregrine. Another Shelduck had joined the three from Thursday.
Two wintering Chiffchaff were located in the small pits than run along side the A46.
Other notable sightings included three Jack Snipe, two Buzzard, Green Woodpecker, two Pochard, 100 Tufted Duck, 10 Little Grebe, Long-tailed Tits, 20 Linnet and a Water Rail.