As we headed up the '97 hedge' all we had were 7 Reed Buntings, but we could see a good number of small birds lifting from the wildbird seed plot ahead. As we walked through we had 200 Chaffinch, 60 Skylarks, 30 Linnets, 5 Corn Buntings and a Short-eared Owl.
Somewhere in here are 200 Chaffinch, 60 Skylarks, 30 Linnets,
5 Corn Buntings and a Short-eared Owl!
We then headed across the stubble towards the plantation and had 11 Brown Hares and some of the females were 'boxing' the males to drive off their unwanted attention! In the fields to the south and west of the plantation were 700 Lapwing and 11 Stock Doves.
I spotted this Six-spotted Ladybird over wintering next to one of Phil's
mist net guys
Walking back to the track we flushed 3 Grey Partridges and something was continually spooking all the Corvids, Lapwings and Pink-footed Geese but we couldn't see what. My best guess was either a Peregrine or the Hen Harrier. The 'Pink-feet' numbered 3,500, which is the highest count I have had on the moss for some weeks.
I 'snapped' these Snowdrops under a hedge as we walked back to the car
All in all a pleasant walk and a nice mix of farmland birds!