Wednesday, 3 December 2014

November round up

We have a minimum of three wintering birds (1each in north middle and south of the valley) all seen regularly throughout the month.  the heavy rains have washed away the nesting site so we will have to see what happens next year.
Regular sightings over the Barleyfield particularly at dusk. currently the bird is missing 2 tail feathers on its left side.  It is showing signs of being an immature male but light can be tricky and it is possible another birds is also present .
A single bird was present for the first half of the month on the barleyfield but may now have joined a small flock which were seen at6 the end of the month. still very few winter thrushes reflecting lack of berries perhaps partly caused by the successful resident birds eating them all.
numbers declined during the month suggesting the double figures of early Nov included passage birds.
Grey wagtail
still up to 6 birds present along the valley

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