19th Feb A pre breakfast trip to the Blue lagoon had me wondering if it had been restocked by the new fishing syndicate as there were eight great crested grebes and eight cormorants. Lots of species were singing and made a pleasant start to the day.
GREEN SANDPIPERS were new to the patch for me, they were present only because the water had subsided enough for them to wade.
After lunch Les and I walked the Greenway, a large charm of goldfinches were on the field by the two chimneys PH among a number of fieldfares, further along we were passed by a true exaltation of about 50 skylarks flying overhead. The ‘parliament’ of rooks were also in evidence.
Along the Pix brook a chiffchaff was in full song, a jay flew overhead and we spent ten minutes watching a goldcrest gleaning a nearby bramble.
We also saw a field vole. Year patch list 66
20th Feb no trip
21st Feb Les and I had an afternoon walk around Nortonbury and Radwell on a cool but sunny day, a pair of buzzards were seen a few times as they cruised the area and a red kite was high over Radwell, there were eight little egrets on the lake and two grey herons, we also saw five grey partridges and the meadow pipit flock was still faithful to the same field at Nortonbury.
22nd Feb No visit as we were house hunting in Norfolk but we had a hen harrier fly in front of the car near Oxborough.
23rd Feb Returning from our house hunt we noted a corn bunting on the telephone wires between Duxford and Royston, there was a time you could have seen scores of them on the wires.....
24th Feb A glorious walk in sunshine along the Greenway, a pair of buzzards were thermalling, a kestrel wafted past to perch on the wires and hunt, skylarks were singing everywhere and a pair of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS flew overhead year patch list 67
25th no trip