Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Shoot Out

Bullfinch (c) 2009 Marcus Conway
Marsh Tit
Errr, not sure what this is!
Fairy Caps
Both morning & afternoon sessions were disrupted by shoots. The morning shoot was the most destructive for the classes, but at least one Woodcock escaped, as did many Pheasants and 5 Red-legged Partridges, but the latter may have copped it in the afternoon. The light wasn’t brilliant today, so most birds were identified by sound. A flock of 20+ Linnets flew over several times, as did smaller groups of Goldfinches, Greenfinches, Chaffinches and a few Bullfinches. Hawfinches, Rough-legged Buzzards and a Kingfisher were notable by their absence. 2 Water Rails called either side of the pond, and the pm shoot frightened off the Grey Wagtail. An alarm call of a Yellowhammer was heard, whilst there were plenty of winter thrushes swirling around, looking lost. The only bird of prey we saw was a Kestrel, but the pm group heard a Buzzard, and a dog walker saw 2 large birds of prey with forked tails further south. I’m sure we would have seen more raptors if there had been some wind! Hopefully, future visits to this site will be in more favourable weather, and the shooters may be absent - fingers-crossed.

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