Sunday, 5 February 2017

Newmillerdam - 5 February 2017

First bird of the day was a sparrowhawk, new for the year, and last bird was a kestrel at dusk. In between were 42 other species. No records of waxwing today, despite a few others looking too.

A flock of 80 redwing were around today. Seen this morning off Wood Lane and then late afternoon in the fields at Hill Top, where there were also c350 woodpigeon roosting in the tree tops at Park Plantation.

A flock of c40 redpoll were seen mid afternoon in Seckar Wood hanging off the birch trees. I had a good look through the flock and couldn't see any siskin or goldfinches with them, only redpoll, before they got spooked by c30 woodpigeon fleeing some nearby trees.

A pair of great-spotted woodpecker were seen in Seckar, and single birds in Newmillerdam village and near Bushcliffe Wood.

On the water, the usual suspects, including pochard (2), juvenile whooper swan (1), kingfisher (2), little grebe (1), goosander (3m/3f) and 7 teal tucked away to the south of the site.

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