Sunday 6 March 2022


Ring-necked Parakeets are full of the joys of spring, around Prattshayes Farm, at the moment.

Again, not much to report but sightings from local heathland, over the last couple of days, include 5 Tufted Ducks, 1 Teal, 1 Jack Snipe, c10 Snipe, at least 4 Crossbills, at least 2 GoshawksFirecrest, Brambling, 5 Bullfinches, 3+ Redwing, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Kestrel and small numbers of Siskin, Stonechat, Greenfinch, Yellowhammer and Dartford Warbler. Additionally, a Brimstone butterfly was on the wing up at Bystock. Great to do some birding with Tom yesterday.
Otherwise  - a flock of c30 Pied Wagtails in cattle fields on Orcombe Point this morning, and off Mudbank - 18 Pintail, 3 Wigeon, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Great Crested Grebes and c50 Common Gulls.
Earlier in the week, on 2/3, a summer-plumaged Mediterranean Gull on Warren View playing fields, and on 3/3 - a female Blackcap in a garden at the end of our road and an adult winter Mediterranean Gull, 26 Pintail and c60 Common Gulls off Mudbank.

Buzzard - Maer Farm.

Male Goshawk.

This big female Goshawk drew some unwanted attention from a couple Carrion Crows, but never appeared too perturbed. She appears to have a full crop...

It's true what they say - if you think you've seen a Goshawk, you probably haven't. Their flight silhouette is quite unlike that of Sparrowhawk.

 Female House Sparrow - Mudbank.

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