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Recent Sightings

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Sunday 14th - Sunday 28th February 2010

A bit of a catch-up this. Today at WWT I finally saw the female Ring-necked Duck which I had just about given up on, after missing its earlier showings; thanks to Rich Tyler for pointing it out this morning on the Long Ground Pool. I got the other American duck on Friday, the Green-winged Teal, which was showing on the Top New Piece from Zeiss Hide at 4:40pm. In the garden, up to five Lesser Redpolls continue to visit the feeders (above and below) as do male and female Blackcaps and at least one female Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Other recent highlights have been:
Sunday 14th
A circular walk from Longborough to Bourton-on-the-Hill produced a nice little party of four Tree Sparrows at the top of Bean Hill, Longborough. A pair of Ravens were in Sezincote gardens. It was a great walk, but did mean I missed the aforementioned RND which meanwhile had been giving close views at WWT.

Monday 15th
An early flying visit to WWT hoping to see the RND didn't pro…

Geese and Swans

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Friday 12th - Saturday 13th February 2010

I been catching up with a couple of the scarcer county goose species recently. Yesterday afternoon (Friday) the Pink-footed Goose was at Inglesham near Lechlade, with 87 Canada Geese and five Greylags alongside the River Thames, luckingly in Glos, at SU206987(photos above and below). There's also a short video I took here.

Earlier at Hawling two Tree Sparrows, six Corn Buntings, c30 Yellowhammers, c25 Chaffinches and three Stock Doves(below) were opposite the Dairy Farm at SP060230, and near Roel Gate a nice flock of c20 Corn Buntings were feeding in a ploughed field at SP054247.

Today I finally saw the Brent Goose at Coombe Hill Meadows. After two unsuccessful attempts last weekend it looked like I was too late again when I arrived at 8:55am to find no sign. At 9:35am however Mark spotted it flying back to join 10 Shelducks, when it proceeded to feed (below) and then go to sleep. Not much else of note here now the water levels have gone down…