Monday, January 08, 2018

πŸ“– 2018/Update #3 ~ Charlecote

☁️ 3C Monday 8th January 2018 ~ A dull, murky and drizzly morning spent at Charlecote near Stratford upon Avon for my annual look at this small population of Corn Buntings.

Corn Bunting at Charlecote ~ This one from last years visit!
I'm always amazed when I visit this site at the sheer amount of birds on view! It just goes to show how the thoughtful planning of set-aside areas and planting of various crops can yield such amazing results. Something as simple as leaving seed heads on a variety of mixed crops and plants to provide feeding stations for the winter birds was something I was frustratingly prevented from doing at Brandon Marsh!

Reed Bunting along the Hawthorn
Just walking along the track for a short distance yielded large numbers of Yellowhammer and Linnet, constantly on the move. Five Song Thrush, a half dozen Skylarks along the ground and the hawthorn skirting the tracks edge providing shelter for double-figure Reed Buntings. Also of note (4) Bullfinch, (20+) Stock Dove, (4) Wren and a dozen Blackbirds! As for the Corn Buntings? Five noted today but unfortunately staying close to the trees in the adjacent field.

One of many Fieldfare!
Finally, a look at the ploughed fields on the opposite side of the main road, which were simply awash with Fieldfare, Redwing, Chaffinch and at least (9) Golden Plover mixed in with the Lapwing flock!