Sunday, 27 January 2013

Sunday 27th January

James this morning had a count on the reserve at Gruinart, 410 Lapwing, 245 Golden Plover and 43 Pintail were the highlights. James came over here later on and along with Elinor carried out the Big Garden Birdwatch, the scores on the doors were 4 Blackbirds, 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit, 2 Coal Tit, 2 House Sparrow, 1 Dunnock, 86 Chaffinch, 7 Goldfinch, 13 Greenfinch, 1 Robin, 2 Starling, 4 Jackdaw, 1 Pheasant and a Sparrowhawk. The Sparrowhawk cleared the garden for some time as all the small birds took for cover! The Chaffinch figure looks high, but correct, as James was counting out the back of the house when I was counting the other way, to the front of the house, both at the same time!! What's the betting that the web site will throw a wobbly at 86 Chaffinch in a garden, it did the other year when we had 20 Pheasants! Later on there were around 40 Lapwing on the wing out towards the War Graves cemetary.

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