Saturday, February 02, 2008

Tame Valley Feb 2nd

Buzzard.....Wishaw.......Photo (Midland Bird Images).

An early start this morning to try and photograph Siskins at Shustoke but no such look, so onto Whitacre Heath NR where 6 Lesser Redpolls , a Siskin and Willow Tit could be found at the feeding station in the wood. On return to the car park a female Stonechat gave excellent views along the fence posts. Over to Wishaw next to try and locate the 2 Grey Partridges seen there early on but again no look, but 20 Golden Plover and a very confiding Buzzard made up for that. Next to the malthouse pup car park Dosthill for the Brambling, at least 50 birds were soon found amongst a 300+ finch flock. 45 Linnets were also noted but the highlight of the day came when a Peregrine came in low over the stubble field only to be followed close behind by a second. The first bird put the finch flock up, the second bird took a finch out of the air. (S Seal, Bob Duckhouse).

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