Friday, 1 January 2010

New Years Day

In order to get my new years list off to a good start, I decided to walk a circular route around the fields north of Newport Pagnell.
Starting off across Bury Field very few birds were seen other than a Snipe and a couple of Meadow Pipits.
I then headed down to my 'local patch' Gayhurst Quarry where there were 5 Little Egrets a couple of hundred Wigeon and Mallard, a few Teal and Shoveler, 64 Mute Swans and an Egyptian Goose.
Accross the river at Quarryhall several Chaffinch and Yellowhammers were in the hedge by the Pheasant feeders and 42 Lapwings were in the nearby field.
Back towards Newport in the field opposite the old Shell Garage which was mainly flooded there were around 130 Greylag Geese, 50 Canadas and a single Whitefront which I had discovered a few days earlier. The edge of the flood had also attracted a flock of 26 Meadow Pipits.
Back at home the hedge over the road held three very smart Bullfinches.

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