Saturday, 22 February 2014

Balscote Quarry & Draycote Water :: 21 February 2014

Another cold windy day with a chance of rain, must be time for a walk. Off to BOS Alkerton/Balscote Quarry. No sign of the great grey shrike again. Did manage to find buzzard, woodpigeon, stock dove, redwing, carrion crow, rook, woodpigeon, meadow pipit, green woodpecker, pheasant, greenfinch, chaffinch, tree sparrow, goldfinch, dunnock, blue tit, coal tit, great tit, yellowhammer, robin, mallard, mute swan, blackbird, coot, teal, moorhen, kestrel, lapwing, snipe, magpie and pied wagtail (31 species).

After a spot of lunch at home, I decided to continue on to Draycote Water to see if I could see the great northern diver, or the long tailed duck. A bracing 3½ mile stroll. GoldeneyeGetting late in the afternoon I suppose the diver was out near the middle and I couldn't spot it. However I was just in time to catch the long tailed duck as it headed away from the shore. The sightings (24) around the reservoir included: coot, canada goose, moorhen, black headed gull, lesser black blacked gull, common gull, tufted duck, mallard, goosander, goldeneye, long tailed duck, pied wagtail, great crested grebe, little grebe, blue tit, blackbird, great tit, woodpigeon, heron, buzzard, cormorant, magpie, carrion crow and rook.

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