The Starling roost from last evening emerged at dawn but from the reed beds on No.4 tank…the same flocks or another roost? Also by the roost were 227 Chaffinch heading NW on to the site plus at least another 80 similar birds out of hearing range.
In the stubble field off Lordship Lane were 72 Skylark, 17 Reed Bunting, 7 Linnet, 2 Pied Wagtail and a Meadow Pipit. In slurry tank corner there were 182 Fieldfare and 140 Redwing feasting on berries in the bushes. At least 20 Pied Wagtail were at No.6 tank and also a flock of 40 Goldfinches. A Grey Wagtail was by a puddle on the eastern side of No.4 tank. The cream-crowned Marsh Harrier was busy quartering the NE corner of No.4 and NW corner of No.6 tanks.
Observers: Jean Roberts, Pete Marsh
Stepping out late in the day and a walk out around No.6 tank to watch the Starling roost which didn’t seem as big as previous nights but was good entertainment.
Out on the open water were the usual Common Teal, Mallard, Common Shelduck and a pair of Pintail dabbling about. A roving flight of Long-tailed Tit were feeding alongside the path as were many Goldfinch, Linnet and Chaffinch.
Hiking back along Lordship Lane I was fortunate in spotting a Water Vole in the ditch alongside the track.
One possibly two Barn Owls were hunting along the banks of six in the twilight.
Observer: Paul Ralston.
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