Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Diary Entry #8

A cracking pre-dawn sky and -3C before I headed off for a hospital appointment today, so the only birding I managed was late afternoon with a walk around the marina grounds with the big camera. As you would imagine with temperatures in the minus the marina is currently frozen in.

Stunning view as I pulled back the curtains this morning!
A good look at the various feeders didn't throw up anything out of the ordinary with the usual House Sparrows, Blue Tits, Goldfinch, Reed Buntings, Pied Wagtails and even a Moorhen picking up the excess. No sign at all today of any Tree Sparrows.

1st Red Kite of the year drifting northward over the mooring!
Two Ravens heading off towards Napton Hill as I completed my walk, plus a distant perched Buzzard and formations of Gulls heading to the Draycote roost. However, the best was saved until last, when just as I was about to call it a day my first Red Kite of the year drifted over. I managed a few snaps before the bird floated northward.

Regular Reed Buntings in the surrounding reed beds & feeders!

A Moorhen on the garden list!!