Thursday, 23 December 2010

Powderham Marshes (RSPB land)

The large flocks of larks and finches have dwindled to a mere 300 skylarks and another similar size flock of brambling and chaffinches. However there was still excitement with a male cirl bunting, a male yellowhammer and one woodlark. A little unusual was a curlew feeding within the dense stands of bird crop, which was a patch of sunflowers.

A wren and small flock of 7 long-tailed tits suggests some small birds have survived so far, but several small piles of feathers marked successful hunting by the sparrowhawks.