Friday, 27 September 2013

Raptors and duck

It was a day for raptors at the pond with 3 Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzard and Peregrine over the Grandborough valley seen from either farborough bank, toft bank or the balcony of the visitor center. Earlier there had been a Ringed Plover and Grey Wagtail in front of the fishing lodge, 5 Meadow Pipits on farborough bank, 23 Wigeon off hensborough bank commuting between there and the leam valley, two groups of Shoveler over east of 13 and 4 and a Yellow-legged Gull adult. Other sightings included Raven and a Snipe.

Our first impression of Napton Reservoir when we arrived was that it was void of birds but our walk produced a very skittish juvenile Water Rail, Grey Wagtail, 2 Bullfinch, Reed Bunting, 6 Raven and 3 Buzzard with the bonus of an adult Hobby hunting and feeding on dragonflies above our heads. Party of 40+ Linnet and 4 more Buzzards seen on the way home.

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