Thursday 18 December 2014

Great Grey Shrike

This morning I had another look around Darts Farm in Topsham but there was not a lot showing today , with 200-300 Dark Bellied Brent Geese and in with them were 2 Pale Bellied Brent Geese  , but no sign of the Black Brant today , a juvenile Peregrine Falcon flew through putting them all to flight towards the Exe Estuary, a Eurasian Sparrowhawk then dashed in and grabbed a finch from the feeders and flew off again with its dinner , Common Kingfisher put in an appearance as did a pair of Common Stonechat and a European Green Woodpecker but that was about it for today .
Later in the afternoon I went up to Aylesbeare Common to look for the Great Grey Shrike that has been covering a large area of commons and was lucky enough to find it sat out in the open for a short while .. so not to bad a day !

So sad to hear about the death of local birder John Woodland who I have had the pleasure to have known for many years , he was always there to give you help when needed and a true gentleman ...R I P John !

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