3 very active & noisy Red legged Partridges, 80 each of Curlew & Tree Sparrow
Bullfinch , Song Thrush & Goldcrest in song
A total of 6 Woodcock, with singles lifting from 3 widely spaced locations during daylight, with 3 more noted flying out over a bog at dusk, including a calling pair going over in tandem.
( i generally record my first roding birds by the end of January... if the weather stays like this it may be even earlier this year )
Generally Common Snipe numbers would whop Woodcocks on an average day out
but today they didnt...
A miserly 3 Common Snipe, with singles flushed during the afternoon & only 2 up off & out at dusk
However, when totalled up with their small cousins, that number doubled - 3 Jack Snipe, 2 flushed at a large Typha swamp- 1 right off the end of my boot, should have seen it !
|Jack Snipe prints & probe marks|
The third was watched in flight, arcing round as it dropped in to feed in a bog at dusk.
Played cat & mouse with three Roe Deer then followed some of their slots
A couple of Tawnys called briefly as the light went & the breeze picked up - time to go.