Saturday 27th December 2014

27 Dec

After a night of heavy rain the sky was blue the sun shone and the wind blew a cold biting blow across the fields. Lynda and I walked from Hinderclay, close to Botesdale, round to Redgrave and back to Hinderclay, about 2.5 miles.

Walking down Cowfen Lane we disturbed a few Blackbirds which were feeding on fallen Crab Apples, otherwise it was quiet down the lane. When we emerged at the end into open countryside we noticed several Black-headed Gulls on and over the fields, there were a few Carrion Crows with the gulls on the ground. A Pied Wagtail flew over and as we continued walking we flushed a small flock of approx 20 Skylark.

The rivers were swollen after the heavy nights downpour with silty water pushing through the bare partially submerged trees. As we approached the edge of the fishing lakes 3 CormorantĀ  circled overhead.

After yesterday it was pleasing not to have dozens of dogs running around our feet.

Walking past a stretch of wet grassland and sedge I notice the silhouette of a bird flying low over the field it had rapid wing beats and a very direct flight. This was a Kingfisher, I picked it up in my binoculars as it continued flying over the field then noticed that in front of it was a second bird. Always a pleasure seeing one Kingfisher two together was a bonus.

Turning away from Botesdale and walking towards Redgrave another Cormorant flew over and a quick scan, albeit distant, over Redgrave Lake revealed 2 Mute Swan.

In Redgrave we saw a couple of Jay’s about 20 Rook, Chaffinch, Blue and Great Tit. The only remaining highlight for the walk was 6 Roe Deer on a field as we walked home.

Total list for the day including yard birds.

Mute Swan 2,
Cormorant 4
Sparrowhawk 1
Common Buzzard 1
Black-headed Gull 10
Woodpigeon 20
Collared Dove 4
Kingfisher 2
Jay 2
Rook 20
Carrion Crow 8
Skylark 20
Coal Tit 1
Great Tit 3
Blue Tit 6
Wren 1
Robin 2
Blackbird 3
Fieldfare 30
Starling 10
Dunnock 2
Pied Wagtail 2
Chaffinch 10
Greenfinch 1
House Sparrow 3

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