Saturday, 7 January 2012

The Burgh

A visit to The Burgh to add a few raptors to the 2012 list. Unfortunately no-one had told the raptors. There was also a shoot today and I don't think that helped. As  I arrived at the "triangle" there was only one bird in the air, but the bonus was that it was the long staying Rough Legged Buzzard, a tick before the sun was up!. I decided to walk up to the dew pond to find a few more. The ubiquitous Kestrel showed  but very little else. There was a keen westerly breeze with a hint of north in it and it felt distinctly cold. Having reached the dew pond with no sighting to quicken the pulse  I carried on into the next valley. Once out of the wind things changed, with flocks of Reed Buntings, Skylarks, Corn Buntings and Meadow Pipits. individual Stonechat and a lone Pied Wagtail flying over, "chiswicking" all the time. On the way back the beaters were well underway and the guns were in business which meant birds were on the move, suddenly Grey Partridges arrived and paused long enough for a photo, and then a Hare moving rapidly until he saw me, stopped about twenty yards away, eyed me up and then decided to make himself scarce.

Grey Partridge

You don't have a gun - that's OK.

Species count 25 Year list 81

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