NAPTON ON THE HILL WEATHER

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Diary Entry #11

A single Tree Sparrow on the feeders among the many finches and tits was a lovely sight this morning while having coffee. And if your an aviation enthusiast like me so too the pair of US Air Force F/A 18 Hornets which did a couple of low passes over the marina!

On route to Brandon Marsh for lunch in East Marsh Hide a quick stop at a flooded field I've been monitoring just prior to entering Birdingbury yielded a single Green Sandpiper. At Brandon a Chiffchaff in Horsetail Glade as I passed through and the first Oystercatcher of the year was on East Marsh Pool, a similar arrival date to 2015. A count of (24) Pochard (6♂) was an increase of one since Sunday and others of note included: (2) Little Egret, (4) Shelduck, (2) Great-Crested Grebe, (2 pair) Goldeneye, Water Rail and a single Great Black-backed Gull among the usual hoard. The three Goosander were on site according to others but I never connected today. Fred Stokes reported a drake Mandarin Duck yesterday but no sign today!