Female Kestrel with prey (inset on lower right, area of pic is cropped and rotated to reveal a Short-tailed Field Vole)
Female Tufted Duck
The weather held out for the associate members day winter birds walk. We concentrated on the waterbirds- good numbers of Teal (displaying again today), Shoveler, Gadwall, Pochard and Tufted Duck. A Redshank flew onto the Northern Lake and started feeding in the shallows. We also had a Great-crested Grebe and good views of a Kestrel which was seen taking a small mammal on two occasions. Rarest bird we saw was a male Blackcap by the gate entrance.
Other members of the bird group looked at other parts of the farmlands with 26 Snipe, 3 Jack Snipe, 2 Stonechat, 100+ Linnet, 1 Buzzard and 3 Water Pipit recorded.