Sunday, 7 March 2010

Tree Sparrows

Following up on some information from Rob Hill and Richard Billyard I went for a look around some farmland around the Castlethorpe/Bullington End area.

A lot of typical farmland species were present with both types of Partridge, Yellowhammers, Skylarks, Mistle Thrush, Green and Great Spotted Woodpeckers.

Rooks were very active in the small Rookery behind the Hatton Court Hotel and the fields were covered in Fieldfares.

Hares were very much in evidence, chasing each other across the fields and through hedges.

Taking the track down to the New Buildings Farm I was delighted to hear the chirping of a territorial Tree Sparrow which I managed to locate in a Poplar tree. Further up the track several more were singing in the hedge but these failed to come out and show themselves.

It later transpired that I was looking in the wrong place for Robs Tree Sparrows - he had 19 at a site some 4 kms away the previous day so it looks like we have 2 seperate flocks in the area. Good News and my 100th species in North Bucks this year.

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