Sunday 31 January 2021

Carlton Marsh

71 species for January is one more than than the 1998 record, following on from record breaking totals in November and December 2020. Red-legged Partridge on Friday got us over the line. Well done everybody.

Today the water areas were almost frozen over after another frost. Present were, Buzzard, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, 18 Redwings, 5 Fieldfares, 2 Siskins, Coal Tit, Cetti's Warbler (singing north of ringing rides), Little Egret, 15 Herring Gulls and Water Rail under the feeder (JP/R. Laverack/K. Bannister/CG).

2 Foxes were seen today, one fast asleep in one of the drier parts of the marsh.

Also fast asleep far away from the 'madding crowds' were, 25 Herald Moths and a Peacock butterfly. 
(C. Parkin)

There was no sign of the male Blackcap in Dave Smith's garden, but c40 Goldfinches and 35 House Sparrows came for sunflower hearts.
An adjacent field was ploughed and c300 BH Gulls, c100 Herring Gulls, c20 Common Gulls and c100 Crows were attracted to it.

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