09 March 2014

A busy day with an increase in field activity producing some excellent records, pick of these were two Cranes heading north east over Hoddy Cows Lane (J Carr) and a Little Egret also flying north at Thornwick Pool where there were 5 Snipe and the female Shoveler. The value of the wild bird crop at Hoddy Cows Lane was very evident today when it held 120 Linnets, 130 Yellowhammer and 70 Corn Bunting. The northern Treecreeper was still at Millenium Wood and two Scandinavian Rock Pipits were at Bempton with at least another four elsewhere on the Head.  Six  dark bellied Brent Geese went south on the morning’s sea watch and a Fieldfare and a Carrion Crow came in off the sea.  Elsewhere there was a Woodcock in Booted Gulley and a Barn Owl at Highcliffe Manor.

Common Cranes over Buckton - photo Geoff Carr
Common Cranes over Buckton – photo Geoff Carr