Sunday, 3 March 2013

Very Quiet

Lapwings- about 35 still around 
30+ Gadwall hanging in there 
'The Valley'- an elusive Stonechat in here somewhere 
View over south-east corner with the missing elders
Very quiet at the moment at Beddington. Wildfowl numbers are down, not much hope for migrants in this persisent north east cold wind so stuck between winter and spring with winter birds clearing out and spring birds yet to come in.
The ringers had their worse day with only three birds in the nets this morning.
I had a quick look around the mounds and southern lake- 1 Jack Snipe, 10 Snipe, 2 Green Sandpiper, 35 Lapwing, 30+ Gadwall, 10 Shoveler, 30+ Teal, 4 Shelduck, 10 Grey Heron, 25 Tufted Duck, 1 Peregrine and 1 Kestrel.
Unfortunately the elders in south east corner have dissapperaed following recommendation by English Heritage to fell them in relation to damage risk to the SAM site (there's a Roman Villa hidden under the sludge beds in this area). Four Long-eared Owls and three Woodcocks were flushed out during the demolition!!

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