Tuesday, 22 February 2022

Local Heath and Woodland

A lot of miles walked over heathland and through woodland today. Highlights included the single drake Ring-necked Duck and 6 Goosanders on Blackhill Quarry Pool, 2 Jack Snipe along with c60/70+ Snipe, 8 Crossbills, Peregrine and Goshawk.
Additionally, 36+ Mallard, 3 Tufted Ducks, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Little Grebe, 14  Canada Geese, 3+ Dartford Warblers, 6+ Stonechats, 4 Buzzards, 11 Pied Wagtails, 3 Fieldfares, 5 Mistle Thrushes, 2 Tawny Owls, 1 Grey Heron, 3+ Bramblings, c80+ Chaffinches, 7 Reed Buntings, 7 Goldcrests, 1 Treecreeper, 2 Nuthatches, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Raven and 1 Jay made the notebook. Interestingly no Redpolls and very few Siskins noted. Song Thrushes were in song in woodland and Meadow Pipits seemed in reasonable supply. Really nice to do some birding with Rupert today and good to bump into Ian.

Male Stonechat.



Bystock reserve.

The dark waters of Bystock Pool.

Goosanders. This pair was in early and having a snooze. Four more came in nearer to 6pm, when it was almost dark.

Blackhill Quarry.

Just the single drake Ring-necked Duck again today.

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