Sunday, 10 January 2010

A Cloud of Woodpigeons

An amazing spectacle of probably more than 10,000 Woodpigeons were seen on the way into Newport this morning. They were feeding on a field of Oilseed Rape just south of Chicheley.

Onto Gayhurst Quarry where only Motorway Pit had any areas of unfrozen water. I counted 121 Mute Swans, there were also approx 500 Greylags, 500 Wigeon, 200 Mallard, 100 Shoveler, 50 Gadwall, 50 Teal, 150 Pochard and 50 Tufted Duck.
Over the river on the marshy area near the spring were 11 Snipe, and a Woodcock got up from under a nearby hedge.

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