Great Bustard and Atlas survey at Quedgeley
On a sunny but cold day, the Great Bustard was showing well for Andy, Mark and myself this morning, in a Brassica field near Foss Cross. The left wing-tag is clearly visible in the second two photos above. Three Grey Partridges and seven Bullfinches were nearby.
Other highlights of a tour of the Cotswolds, starting at Quedgeley included:
Three Bramblings and 14 Chaffinches in my garden.
An amazing 19 Buzzards, including 15 on the ground in a field.
Four Yellowhammers with 40 Chaffinches at Northfield Barn.
A pair of Stonechats (female pictured below), 180 Golden Plovers and 100 Lapwings at the triangle.
This afternoon I carried out my second winter BTO Atlas survey at Quedgeley South SO81B tetrad with Linda. The results were:
Herring Gull 22
Lesser Black-backed Gull 25
Collared Dove 5
Pied Wagtail 1
Song Thrush 1
Blue Tit 18
Great Tit 14
Carrion Crow 27
House Sparrow 32