Sunday, 5 February 2012

Snow Patrol

Most of the hardcore team were out today scouring the site and skies for more hard weather birds. Together we logged 4 Curlew, 3 Dunlin, 50 Golden Plover W, 40 Lapwing, 1 Jack Snipe, 2 Woodcock, 10 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 1 Ruff, 1 Med Gull, 1 Mandarin, 3 Goosander N, 6 Pochard 38 Skylark, 70+ Fieldfare, 25 Redwing and a Redpoll sp.

Water Rail-this bird was coming to the millet feeder. Another bird was on the Beddington Park Mill Pond.

Golden Plover moving W

Dunlin- one of three present feeding on the ice

The obs (my flat) today

Redpoll sp. Mantle tram lines, fairly long primary projection, pale flanks and overall large size all point towards Common Redpoll but the bird is rather brownish overall and not cold toned as a classic Common Redpoll. Also too much buff in the wing bar?


Graham James said...

We've had a couple of these larger Redpolls turn up at Holmethorpe this winter, Peter but, like your one, they had too much buff in the wing-bar. All far too confusiong for me!

Peter Alfrey said...

Very confusing.
I guess they are just larger, slightly paler Lesser Redpolls (or smaller darker Mealy Redpolls)!