Friday, 15 March 2013

The Last Week or So.

Baulking Pit
My computer has been down for the last week or so and this is a brief memory of some of the birds I remember seeing during that time when the weather ranged from bitterly cold to yeah! you've guessed it , Rainy.
At Baulking Pit Tufted, Pochard and Wigeon numbering about fifty for each species. At Shellingford Quarry more Tufted and Pochard , also four Common Snipe.
The feeders in the garden at Stanford played host to a pair of Siskin and along the local roads eight Kestrel were noted
A visit to Chimney gave views in the fields to the south of the Great Brook of some one hundred and fifty Lapwing and sixty Golden Plover by the BBOWT barn four Greenfinch were seen.
Meadow Farm had good numbers of Chaffinch circa one hundred and twenty, forty Linnet , four Bullfinch and only four Tree Sparrow this bird has had a most difficult year.

Goldfinch feeding on Lavendar seed

Iced herbage Baulking Pit
Along the Cote backroad the early spring sunshine brought out around a dozen Yellowhammer a welcome sight as this bird has been almost absent from its usual winter haunts.

Wednesday, 6 March 2013

It's Round-up Time Purdners.

Been flitting about all over recently and these are a few of the birds I recall on my local travels.
Longcot a Little Owl atop an electric or perhaps it was a telephone pole. Kestrels, Kites, Buzzards and a couple of Sparrowhawks at different locations.
The plastic Whooper are now showing closer to the Buscot Lake Bridge. A pair of Siskins were good birds for my Stanford garden this morning and several Mistle Thrush are putting in an appearance.
Large flocks of Wood Pigeon are feeding on Oil Seed Rape plants all over the county.
At Baulking Fullers Earth Pit many duck including around sixty Tufted, fifty Pochard and a similar number of Wigeon.
Graceful,plastic and noisy Whoopers

One of a pair of Stock Doves Stanford.

A pair of Siskin Stanford.

Baulking Fullers Earth Pit.