Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Napton on the Hill

Napton on the Hill should be a great area for migration and it was here that got my attention for four hours this morning, from 0700 until 1100. I have to say that Napton Hill from the church, past the windmill and down into the quarry is a real gem, providing habitat that must surely hold a "mega". However, the area has never given up anything special whenever I have been there, and this morning was to be no different! Migration wise, many smallish groups of Redwing, Skylark and Meadow Pipit flew over, with four Buzzards and a group of eight Cormorant. Several Goldcrests were eagerly observed but could not be turned into a Firecrest. I sat on a bench in the churchyard scanning the bushes and hedgerows, which seemed alive with Tit flocks. Mistle Thrush (2), Nuthatch (2), Treecreeper (1), Coal Tit (3), Goldcrest (5), were about the best, but I eagerly checked out everything in the hope of a Yellow Browed Warbler! May be next time I will be able to borrow some of those special binoculars that enable some to see everything! And not even a photograph!

Todays Sightings:

Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Wren; Robin; Great Tit; Rook; Chaffinch; Blue Tit; Magpie; Greenfinch; Treecreeper; Green Woodpecker; Jackdaw; Black Headed Gull; Kestrel; Canada Goose; Buzzard; Redwing; Mallard; Moorhen; Stock Dove; Pheasant; Goldfinch; Skylark; Meadow pipit; Linnet; Pied Wagtail; Dunnock; Goldcrest; Bullfinch; Long Tailed Tit; Song Thrush; Cormorant; Mistle Thrush; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Nuthatch; Coal Tit.

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