Thursday, 3 May 2012

Mid March 2012

March 20th: Flying south were 13 Rooks and a Crossbill. Chiffchaffs increased to 3, and a Common Buzzard and 20 Corn Buntings were present.

March 19th: The 2 Short-eared Owls were displaying again. A Hooded Crow appeared. 9 Crossbills headed south. Other good birds were 40 Avocets, a Common Buzzard, a Chiffchaff, 13 Fieldfares, 25 Redwings, a Tree Sparrow and 16 Siskins.

March 18th: Avocet numbers went up to 44. A Purple Sandpiper and a Pale-bellied Brent Goose were notable. A Woodcock, 2 Chiffchaffs, 9 Fieldfares, 28 Redwings and 19 Corn Buntings were the best of the rest.

March 17th: The 2 Short-eared Owls started displaying. Other raptors included a Marsh Harrier, a Common Buzzard southwest and a Merlin. A Chiffchaff and a Blackcap were new. 14 Red-breasted Mergansers, 19 Avocets and 7 Goldcrests were recent high counts.

March 16th: Southward movers included 9 Redwings, 388 Chaffinches, 5 Siskins, 4 Crossbills and 5 Yellowhammers. Raptors included a Red Kite, a Hen Harrier, a Common Buzzard and a Merlin. Avocets increased to 16. Also of note were 3 Grey Herons, 4 Woodcocks, 7 Goldcrests and 2 Chiffchaffs.

March 15th: The best birds were a Common Buzzard, 5 Redwings, a Fieldfare, 4 Siskins and 12 Avocets.

March 14th: The Pale-bellied Brent Goose was still present. A male Ruff was new. North went 4 Siskins. A Marsh Harrier, a Merlin, 2 Common Buzzards and 2 Crossbills were notable.

March 13th: Goldcrest numbers increased to 13. A Pale-bellied Brent Goose was discovered. Other good birds were a Peregrine, 3 Woodcocks, a Chiffchaff and 2 Redwings.

March 12th: 14 Avocets were now present. Around were 5 Goldcrests, 3 Redwings, a Bullfinch and 17 Corn Buntings.

March 11th: A Water Pipit, 5 Avocets, 2 Woodcocks, 2 Crossbills and 10 Corn Buntings were the best birds.

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