Thursday, 25 February 2021

Balscote Quarry :: 24 February 2021

It is into the last couple of months of our holiday year at work and so I took the afternoon off - I won't bore you with details. For today's exercise I made for Balscote Quarry and again dropped in on the Banbury Ornithological Society Reserve. Of particular interest was to see if I could connect with any lesser redpoll that had been seen over the last few days - a sighting of the merlin that has been passing through semi regularly would go amiss either.

Soon after arrival a single redpoll appeared on the ground and shortly after that a second turned up.

Lesser redpoll
Lesser redpoll
Lesser redpoll

In addition there were first the two female brambling but these were joined by a male. Not much longer and two male brambling could be seen feeding, so four in all. This with 17 chaffinch, a handful of both great and blue tits, greenfinches, dunnock, robin, a coal tit and yellowhammer made for quite a sight.


From the viewing area we had c180 golden plover, about the same in jackdaw in the distance, 3 buzzard, 3 red kite, now up to 3 coot and 2 little grebe. Not to be outdone an increasing flock of linnet gathered and of those I could count at once I had a total of 54, but there would have been more. They way they adorn the trees and bushes looks like someone has decorated with imaginative leaves!


As it approached time to head home for dinner, an increasing number of Canada geese dropped in, eventually getting to 29. Despite best efforts no merlin though.

Canada geese
Canada geese

Species today (32) included: blackbird, blue tit, brambling, buzzard, canada goose, carrion crow, chaffinch, coal tit, coot, dunnock, fieldfare, golden plover, goldfinch, great spotted woodpecker, great tit, green woodpecker, greenfinch, jackdaw, jay, lesser redpoll, linnet, little grebe, magpie, mallard, pheasant, red kite, red-legged partridge, redwing, robin, teal, woodpigeon and yellowhammer.

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