Saturday, 7 February 2009

Hot tips on ice

Saturday 7th February 2009

OK time to get back to some serious birding, but where? The snow covered hills of Merevale and Baddesley north of Atherstone were worth a look. The woodland on Baddesley Common was quiet but below the wood on the edge of the new plantation was a flock of c30 Lesser Redpolls with one bird identifiable as a Mealy Redpoll. After checking the Rowans at Grendon I got a text from the voice of the Tame valley, well the voice anyway - Tom Perrins. Tom had located an Iceland gull and a Med gull at Dosthill. As I was almost there I carried on to Dosthill where I found Tom and Julian Allen. To my amazement the Iceland Gull (112) was still there, walking on the ice with large number of assorted gulls including at least 1 Yellow legged Gull. A Teal had a lucky escape when it was hit by a Peregrine in mid-air but managed to fly on. After all the excitement it was time for a sit down and a coffee at Broomey Croft. Another message came through to the effect that Adam Archer had found a probable Greenland White fronted Goose at Alvecote. Other birds at Alvecote included 2 Kingfisher and several Common Snipe. After a gander at the goose and a stop at the farm shop to stock up on Pork pie it was time for home to watch an unconvincing performance by England, who seemed to lack any sort of cohesion. Could be another frustrating 6 nations campaign.

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