Sunday, October 15, 2006

Stort Valley Oct 15th

Gaston Green - Thorley Wash 9am – 11am. Murky as only an Easterly wind can be. 1 Grey Wagtail at Spellbrook lock, 2 Kingfisher at Gaston Green and 1 at Thorley the highlights. Otherwise Little Grebe at Spellbrook, Heron, 2 Cormorant, c10 Mallards, Water Rail calling at Walbury, 2 Sparrowhawk including a ♀ female at Gaston Green. 2 GSW and 1Green Woodpecker, 4 Collared Dove, c200Wood Pigeon, 5 corvids including Jay shrieking at Walbury. C10 Chaffinch, c10 Goldfinch, c10 Meadow Pipits, c5 Reed Bunts and 4 Skylarks over in no specific direction. LBB Gull 1 over. Finally as I returned to the car and inevitably the sun broke through, 4 Redwing W over, some proper migration at last.

Although not technically birds, worth mentioning 10+ Chub between 1’ and 2’ in length, lurking by a bush under the far bank at Thorley, all pointing upstream (see pic for the bush).

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