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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

23rd March

Another reasonable lunchtime raptor watch

Osprey: one flew high north west with purpose at 12.35pm, only deviating slightly when a buzzard took a slight interest.

Common Buzzard: five birds were seen between 12.30pm and 1.15pm.

Peregrine Falcon: two very high fliers were seen at 12.55pm.

Kestrel: two single birds a high male and a lower female.

Water Pipit: one flew low east calling at 12.38pm, just clearing the small trees on the open spaces.

Meadow Pipit: one flew north.

Chiffchaff: one was singing from area 40 this afternoon.

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Area 9 particularly before it gets busy is a good place to see Green Woodpeckers

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Starling numbers have reason in recent years, though this could soon reverse with the ever increasing number of parakeets.

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The drake from the recently arrived pair displays to his partner

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Drake Common Pochard tries to avoid being attacked by another drake.

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The pain on the lake chases off another swan, he really is a bully and needs taking down a peg or two.

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The hybrid goose that accompanies the free winged Bar-headed Geese that arrived yesterday.

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