Friday, 8 January 2016

With some rare afternoon sunshine and light winds, I made a visit to Nethergong after work where I spent an hour looking from the gate on the eastern boundary which gives a good view over some fields. I was hoping that a few year ticks would be on offer and this proved to be the case. Birds noted were 1 Water Rail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 2 Mistle Thrush, 10 Pied Wagtail, Starling, 8 Meadow Pipit, 2 Marsh Harrier, 2 Stonechat and best of all, 1 ring tail Hen Harrier flew through and gave good views as it made its way to Grove Ferry, the first time I have seen this species on site. Other birds noted included c50 Fieldfare, 1 Kestrel, 1 Cetti's Warbler, 5 Mallard, 3 Goldcrest, 2 Great spotted Woodpecker, 1 Green Woodpecker and c20 Mute Swan. The year list moves on to 55 species which is pretty good for a small site. Still a few birds to hopefully catch up with including Sparrowhawk, Skylark, Lapwing, Linnet etc so i'm well on target.

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  1. Good start Marc,
    You have already got species i'm unlikely to see here this year, and a couple I have never seen here! maybe as well as highlight a new bird for the year you could put the year total in brackets after it, so we can follow your tally at glance :-)

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    1. Sounds like a good idea Warren. Will do.

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