Sunday, 14 December 2014

Associate Members Day

 Female Kestrel

 Female Kestrel with prey (inset on lower right, area of pic is cropped and rotated to reveal a Short-tailed Field Vole)
 Male Shoveler
 Female Tufted Duck
Little Grebe 
On the Southern Mound looking over the Northern Lake (photo Lukas Becker) 

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.

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