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Monday, December 24, 2007

24th December

I am sorry that I haven't kept you informed of what has been going on in the park.
The main reason being that I have had problems with my PC. Mind you it has been fairly quiet. But here is some belated news.

Fieldfare: 6 on the 18th flew NE.
Siskin: 15 birds in areas 24,25 and 26 on 20th.
Common Snipe: 1 was present all day in the wetland, area 25 on 21st.
Kestrel: A pair displaying over area 25 on 21st.
Siskin: 15 birds still present in and around area 26 on 23rd.
Shoveler: 7 birds on the lake 24th is the highest count of the autumn/winter. Numbers in the 1980's used to reach 150+.
Egyptian Goose: 25 birds were in area 26.
Tawny Owl: The male was roosting in area 29, surrounded by Goldcrests, Long t t Tits, Blue, Great and Coal tits and Chaffinches.


castlehaven said...

First visit for a while... Feeder Area 29, a lot of Coal Tits - at one stage, six at once on the bags, more than I've seen previously.
Long Tailed Tit flock (8 birds) in the fruit trees to the E of the golf range.
2 Siskins Area 24/25 associated with Goldfinches.
Tony: has the Water Rail made an appearence at all this year?

Tony Duckett said...

I am afraid the rail has failed to show. It could be in the other reed bed nearest to the cafe. The best way of viewing that is from the bank opposite. Were the Siskins on the feeders.

castlehaven said...

The Siskins were at first in the trees at the far E end of the lake, on the other side of the path to the feeders, but one did move onto the feeders.

I forgot to say: a Parakeet was on the feeder at 25..!