Sunday, 8 April 2018

Wroxton Abbey :: 08 April 2018

It had just started to rain when I read the message from Mike Pollard on the Banbury Birding WhatsApp group - Nuthatch6 hawfinch between the entrance to the grounds and the main building. I duly arrived but was unsuccessful in finding the group - Mike did say they were shy ... instead I watched nuthatch, chiffchaff and a drumming greater spotted woodpecker. Rained throughout but I didn't seem to get that wet.

Sunday lunch awaited and true to form (lunchtime and spring) we had good views of a male sparrowhawk in the back gardenSparrowhawk; initially it was sitting on one of the feeder poles (no way to attract lunch) and then for quite a while on the fence. He showed considerable interest in a greenfinch which arrived in a nearby tree but presumably the odds of covering the ground and catching it were not good.

Sightings at Wroxton (16) were: blackbird, blue tit, carrion crow, chaffinch, chiffchaff, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, house sparrow, jackdaw, mallard, mistle thrush, mute swan, nuthatch, robin, starling and woodpigeon.

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