Monday, 28 February 2011

Local stuff

Lesser Redpoll, Whitacre Heath N.R.

Monday 28th February 2011

So that was February, relatively mild but rather damp. Not a great birding month, OK two interesting twitches but not much to shout about otherwise. Draycote can usually come up with one of the rarer Grebes or a Diver of some description but the reservoirs of the Midlands have had a lean spell even duck numbers have been low with few records of the scarcer species, presumably wintering much further south as a result of the freeze up in December.

Anyway, another short walk in the rain today, starting at Weddington, Nuneaton across to Caldecote and back. I reckoned on about 30 Yellowhammer in the field beyond the old railway, 20 Skylark, 10 Reed Buntings, a pair of Grey Partridge and a single Meadow pipit. The flood meadows at Caldecote were very quiet except for the usual Corvids, a couple of pairs of Stock Dove and 27 Fieldfare. Back at the Church in Weddington a flock of at least 50 Goldfinches congregated (sorry) in the Churchyard Birches.

Tuesday 1st March 2011

Another dull day, not very Spring like at all but several species were in song including Cettis warbler. Ventured into the Tame valley, but only managed the Southern end and not much of that. Evidence of Copper theft at Coton similar to evidence left in fields near the railway at Hartshill.
At Cliff pool, Kingsbury there were 3 Shelduck, 100 + Shoveler, a pair of Goldeneye and 2 Little Egrets.

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