Wednesday, 29 January 2020

Raven- Beddington Farmlands

Did a lightning tour of the farmlands this morning with Kojak (who had to get back for 1pm) . Ebird list HERE

Highlight was a Raven which we first picked up on call and then performed brilliantly overhead in the sunny conditions. Also a first-winter Caspian Gull, 3 Chiffchaff including a rather drab and contrasting looking one , one Tree Sparrow and a couple of Green Sandpipers. 

 Raven vs Carrion Crow . Following 12 records before 2018 and 7 records last year alone, this is the 20th record of this locally increasing species 
 Chiffchaff (above and below) Would have been interesting to hear this bird call and also see it in less contrasting light. The bird also seems to have rather long primary projection? 

 First-winter Caspian Gull.The plumage details look spot on for Caspian but the bill length rather short and head profile rather soft, perhaps a female or perhaps not an entirely pure bird.  
At least five foxes today 

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