Friday, 23 November 2018

23rd November

Even lighter easterly winds through the day but there were frequent showers which persisted right through the day; the day’s highlight were 4 Long-eared Owls in Holland House gardens at first light with two of them finding their way into mist-nets (an excellent twelve have been ringed this year so far, plus a Norwegian control).   Other birds across the land included a Hen Harrier, a Kestrel, 2 Merlin, 194 Golden Plover, a Woodcock, 8 Skylark, 2 Meadow Pipits, 3 Rock Pipits, 6 Robins, 25 Fieldfare, 4 Song Thrush, 42 Redwing, 2 Blackcaps, 10 Chaffinches, an excellent 128 Twite (the highest day count since October 2014), 4 Common Redpoll, 20 Snow Buntings and 6 Reed Buntings.

                Other totals included 3 Red-throated Diver, a Great-northern Diver, 7 Herons, the 6 Whooper Swans, the Green-winged Teal still on Gretchen, 9 Pintail, 8 Shoveler and a Goldeneye.

Part of the Twite flock