Saturday, 31 December 2016

Last day of the year at Goss Moor and Gluvian

Me and Pete both had a day off for the first time in ages so we decided to have a day out on our local patches before going birding further afield in the new year.

This morning was perfect weather for ringing so we started off on the Goss Moor and although there weren't many birds around a nice variety ended up in the nets during the morning. My favorites being 9 Bullfinches , 1 Willow Tit , 1 Treecreeper, 1 Song Thrush and 1 Reed Bunting . Whilst we also saw a Woodcock and heard a drumming Green Woodpecker.

In the afternoon we headed over to the farmland behind my house in Gluvian and after a slow start this stunning female Sparrowhawk crashed into the net! It was such a surprise to finally see this common yet beautiful bird up close , just check out those fierce looking eyes! We where also delighted to catch 6 Yellowhammers and we saw another Woodcock and a Snipe . It was a nice chilled day when we could have a could chat about the last year and all the fantastic birds we saw in the county , looking forward to the birding in 2017 already!
8 of the 9 Bullfinches where juveniles so it looks like they had a good breeding season in 2016

Female Reed Bunting

Willow Tit - Photo doesn't do it much justice but identified by dull black cap, buffy coloured flanks, pale panel in wings, structure and all dark bill. 

Treecreeper - These stunning little birds seem to have a healthy population on the Goss Moor
Female Sparrowhawk - the strong barring indicates a 1st Winter bird

The last sight most songbirds would want to see!

It's great to know that there is a healthy population of Yellowhammers right by my house, thankfully the local farmer is sympathetic to wildlife 

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