NAPTON ON THE HILL WEATHER

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Sods Law!

One of the regular Tree Sparrow population At The Marina!
Nothing unusual on offer at Brandon Marsh today but the large Redpoll/Siskin flock remains and there are still plenty of Goldcrest, Redwing and Fieldfare around.

As I passed through New Hare Covert a ♀Muntjac Deer was spotted to the back near the recently coppiced Hazels, 2 Nuthatch, Treecreeper and Great-spotted Woodpecker the other highlights.

Nuthatch Record Shot!
I managed wintering Chiffchaff for the second time this week when one flew from the reed bed area across towards the golf course as I emerged from the Covert. The pools are still at a very high level and have now defrosted. The best on offer was Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, two pair of Goldeneye, 16 Snipe and a brief appearance of a single Shelduck. Two Raven were observed circling over Brandon Wood and after the recent cold snap it was also good to register 2 Kingfisher at Carlton Pool.

A search of the car park before leaving had no sign of any Waxwing but blow me as I arrived back at the marina Mike Lee called to tell me that 4 had duly arrived, sods law really! There was also a report of 10 in the trees at the Warwick Road/Kelseys Close junction at nearby Wolston.

Aptly Named Redwing!
Back at the marina the light was excellent so I decided to have a go at finding some of the resident Tree Sparrow population and one particular bird was very obliging! Recorded of note during my walk around were: Tree Sparrow (5), House Sparrow (7), Reed Bunting (3), Fieldfare (3), Redwing (17), Kestrel (1), Buzzard (1), Pied Wagtail (2), Tufted Duck (2) and Skylark (2 over).