Previously "Diary of a Birding Medic"

Previously "Rugby Birder"

Monday, 3 January 2011

New Year Birding

Today was my first real opportunity to get out since before Christmas, (hopefully) see some good birds and get my 2011 list off to a good start.

Heading out of Rugby on the A428, the first surprise was a Little Egret on the brook at Long Lawford. My intended next stop was Church Lawford where a Bewicks Swan had been reported with the large group of Mute Swans. The Bewicks Swan was soon located but distant, the next surprise being a Peregrine setting up a large group of Wigeon. A chat with John Judge and it was off to Draycote Water.

Draycote was rather busy when I arrived at just after 0900 - I then remembered it was a Bank Holiday! I walked to Toft and  back meeting Francoise who was as spritely as ever! The Drake Smew was off Farborough Bank and at least thirty Goosander were seen. A Yellow Legged Gull was located in Toft with Lesser Black Backed, Common and Black Headed Gulls. The Little Owl was located in the Alpaca field and a single Snipe flew over towards the fields below Farborough Bank.

A good tally of birds to add to my 2011 list - but the best was yet to come! (See later posting).

Female Goldeneye

Drake Smew



Drake Teal

Lunch - Carrion Crow

(More images on my website - see link opposite)

Todays Draycote Sightings:

Magpie; Carrion Crow; Wood Pigeon; Blackbird; Chaffinch; Jackdaw;Coot; Goldeneye; Pochard; Cormorant; Dabchick; Tufted Duck; Goosander; Smew; Mallard; Mute Swan; Great Crested Grebe; Wigeon; LBB Gull; GBB Gull; Black Headed Gull; Canada Goose; Fieldfare; Rook; Teal; Pied Wagtail; Common Gull; Lapwing; Graet Tit; Snipe; Grey Heron; Gadwall; Stock Dove; Yellow Legged Gull; Dunnock; Blue Tit; Kestrel; Robin; Little Owl; Moorhen; Great Spotted Woodpecker; Redwing; Grey Lag Goose; Goldfinch.

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