Saturday, 10 January 2009

Holywell Brambling

Out early with Steve today, first stop was a frozen Holywell Pond which had 40 Pochard, 14 tufted Duck, 6 Mute Swan, 4 Canada Geese, 5 Greylag and 2 Pink Footed on the un- frozen water.
It was better watching the feeding stations from the members hide rather than the pond today, as to the left of the hide there were 20+ Greenfinch, 5 Chaffinch, 4 Bluetit, 1 Coal Tit, 2 Great Tit and 1 Female Brambling- Lifer.
The Brambling was on the back feeder and kept going between the feeding table and the bushes to the left.
The birds then flew off as a Sparrowhawk flew in and caught something, hopefully not the Brambling.
A pair of Pheasants and four Moorhen were also flushed. On the feeders right of the hide 2 Dunnocks, 1 Robin, and a Water Rail were feeding on the ground. The Water rail only came out in the open when running between the spilt seed and the reeds, the rest of the time it hid away from my camera under a bush next to the feeder.
We scanned the Gulls but no sign of the Iceland Gull.

Next was ST. Mary's where we looked for the Water Pipit in the north bay but there were only 3 Meadow pipit, 8 Rock Pipit, Grey Wagtail, Stonechat, Dunlin, Redshank, Sanderling and 2 Brent Geese.

No sign of the Waxwings in Benton Cemetery. Had a few Crammy year ticks around Arcot today as well GS Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Treecreeper (both quite hard in crammy) and 15 fieldfare.

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