Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Woodoaks Farm

I conducted an afternoon visit around Woodoaks Farm following the footpath up towards Beechen Dell and Mill End returning back past the Heronsgate side of the farm. It was here I noted a single Northern Wheatear feeding on the ploughed field while opposite 2 Whinchat posed on the fence line bordering the meadow. Returning back towards the farm buildings 80 Collared Dove were noted in the Old Orchard while 5 Red Kite, C200 Black-headed Gull and 10 Lesser Black-backed Gull were observed following the plough. Reaching the Old Black Barn I happened across a female Sparrowhawk present at a kill notably a Collared Dove and managed to reel off a few shots with the camera.         

A full list of species observed as follows;
Red Kite (5), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Buzzard (1), Common Kestrel (2), Black-headed Gull (c200), Lesser Black-backed Gull (10), Feral Rock Dove, Woodpigeon, Collared Dove (80), Green Woodpecker (1), Barn Swallow (15), House Martin (22), Wren, Dunnock, European Robin, Whinchat (2), Northern Wheatear (1), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Common Magpie, Western Jackdaw (2), Carrion Crow, Common Starling, House Sparrow, Common Chaffinch, European Goldfinch (2), Yellowhammer (2), Common Reed Bunting (1).

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