No sign of the Short-eared Owl today, but 3 Barn Owls hunting at dawn was a nice consolation. A female Peregrine also impressed with her acrobatics, and good to see a pair of Cranes make a couple of visits to the reedbed.
On a quiet day bird wise but with shooting in the fields the best sighting was a Barn Owl catching and eating a vole only yards from where I stood behind a hedge.
A dull and drookit day, made much brighter by a Jack Snipe on show on Winter flood, a male Merlin, and a sprinkle of winter swans at dawn.
A quiet day had most of the wildfowl on the lake hiding in the now submerged vegetation making counting difficult. Fortunately an unseen disturbance brought them out nearly doubling the count!
No special highlights today, but interesting to see duck numbers increasing, Redwing outnumbering Fieldfare, an increase in Blackbird numbers and a growing flock of Yellowhammer at Red Barn Farm. Also, Water Pipit hanging around the lake was nice, as
Pretty quiet today but of interest were 3 Common Buzzards feeding on the ground with 6 Carrion Crows in attendance and the Greylag Geese feeding on maize in the arable with some birds reaching up and pulling the cobs from the plants.
The highlight was a Slavonian Grebe on the River Cam. The 3 White-fronted Geese were on the lake again and 2 Barn Owls were hunting in daylight.
The best bird during today’s count was a Merlin that had a look around, but like me couldn’t find many small birds and continued on its way. A couple of female Marsh Harriers caused some panic amongst the ducks when they sat on the lake shore.
Highlights today : a male Hen Harrier flew up river from Fish N Duck and flew across the Cam Washes late morning; 3 European White-fronted and 1 Pink-footed Goose with the herd of Greylags on the lake; and a pair of Common Crane spent time on the riv
Results of our twice weekly bird census submitted by Bruce Martin and Graeme Reed