Thursday, January 26, 2017

Diary Update #7 ~ 2017

⛅  Wednesday 25th January... The marina was shrouded in fog this morning so I decided to take a little drive out in search of brighter weather and try for Corn Buntings at a known location.

Yammers everywhere during my walk.
I arrived some 30 minutes later and having cleared through the fog the area was indeed bathed in sunshine! It didn't last long though as the mist soon descended and the biting wind was a real factor! After parking I was immediately awash with birds, the adjacent fields held 30+ Fieldfare, Skylark were also calling and both Yellowhammer and Linnet were everywhere! I even managed an astonishing count of over 100+ Stock Dove. The reason? Simply put this is an area where the farmer leaves the old crops to seed and in effect the place becomes a winter feeding station.

Corn Bunting still thriving in Warwickshire!
By the time I'd completed my walk I'd been rewarded by at least 3 Corn Bunting and speaking to a local patch birder @1stbirdoftheday it appears the Corn Buntings are still thriving, with a year best count of 29!

The declining Corn Bunting!

Other species of note today included: Muntjac Deer, Great Spotted Woodpecker, Kestrel and Reed Bunting.

Helping out the Oaks and Hawthorn by thinning out the willow!

Thursday 26th January... A bitterly cold day at Brandon Marsh was spent willow bashing in the top wood. A nice fire kept the spirits high! On route home a stop at Wolston for any Waxwings produced a single bird, reported earlier by Paul Cashmore. The bird will perch up and occasionally drop down onto the two Sorbus trees, which thankfully still hold a good berry crop!

Record shot of Waxwing at Wolston in poor light!