Wednesday, 13 January 2010

Lapland Bunting- Beddington Farmlands

Finally got the cherry on the cake today with this juvenile/1st winter Lapland Bunting (pic 1) on the mound. This is the eleventh record for Beddington and the first confirmed one since 1997. This is however the first twitchable one as most others have been fly-overs in the autumn.

Also still five Yellowhammers (pic 2), 250-300 Linnets (pic 3), 20+ Goldfinch, 40+ Skylark, 20+ Meadow Pipit, 20+ Reed Bunting, 20+ Redwing and 3 Chaffinch on the same mound. This mound has been amazing during this hard weather movement thanks to the underfloor heating from the decomposing rubbish and the fathen growing on the newly disturbed ground.

Also a 1st winter Caspian Gull (pic 4) on the lake, 3 Jack Snipe in the channel, 2 Sparrowhawk, 1 Peregrine, 2 1st winter male Wigeon (new birds), 7 Gadwall, 2 Shoveler, 150+ Teal and 6 Snipe.


Graham James said...

Super find for Surrey, Peter.

Peter Alfrey said...

Cheers Graham,
Finally got the cherry on the cake for this hard weather movement. Really enjoyed this cold spell- been putting loads of food out for the birds too so helping them out get through it.

Jaffa said...

Pete - Great find. Very envious.
Best I could do today was a Mink!
Bittern still eluding me.....

Peter Alfrey said...

Envy. Don't talk to me about envy jaff. How did you get onto snow watch!!!