Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Woodoaks Farm

A mid-afternoon visit in mild but windy conditions provided the following species:-
Red Kite (3), Common Buzzard (2), Eurasian Sparrowhawk (1), Common Kestrel (1), European Golden Plover (40 over north), Woodpigeon (6), Collared Dove (1), Black-headed Gull (63), Common Gull (3), Green Woodpecker (1), Pied Wagtail (1), Meadow Pipit (2), Eurasian Skylark (2), Common Stonechat (1), Wren (1), Dunnock (3), European Robin (4), Common Blackbird (4), Fieldfare (50), Redwing (20), Mistle Thrush (1), Goldcrest (1), Long-tailed Tit (2), Blue Tit (1), Great Tit (1), Eurasian Jay (2), Common Magpie (9), Western Jackdaw (14), Carrion Crow (4), Common Chaffinch (4), European Goldfinch (1).

A small flock of Golden Plover was observed in flight heading north very high above Ladywalk Wood. We don't get the large wintering flocks of both Northern Lapwing and Golden Plover anymore and this is probably due to the mild winters we now have. Along the main footpath that dissects the farm a single Common Stonechat was busily hunting insects and it even managed to find itself a large grub.

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