Monday 17th December 2012
A 3 hour walk over local farmland this morning didnt produce any surprises in the way of birdlife and only 33 species were logged. If there were any surprises it was what was not seen. The circular route from Burton Hastings across to the A5 which took in a section of the Ashby canal and back failed to find any Lapwing, Long tailed tit, Linnet, Yellowhammer, Snipe, Partridge sp or even Pheasant. Numbers of species that were seen were very low with the exception of Thrush spp - 400 Fieldfares feeding on the pastures, 11 Song Thrushes numerous Blackbirds and lower numbers of Redwing and a few Mistle Thrush.