Sunday, 15 January 2012

Grand Western Canal - yesterday 14/1

A walk along the Grand Western canal this morning from Halberton to Samford Peverell didn't produce any target species of Kingfisher or Water Rail but of note was a large flock of Fieldfare well in excess of 200 with a constant stream joining them from the East. Also on an adjacent ploughed field were 40+ Lapwing,30+ Redwing with several Song Thrush & at least 1 Mistle Thrush as well as good numbers of finches. Along the canal path were at least 3 pairs of Bullfinch + 2 solitary males,1 GS Woodpecker & several Coot were engaging in territorial disputes,2 Raven overhead & a commotion back at the carpark when a very noisy Green Woodpecker appeared to dive-bomb a jogger Skua-style!

[Andrew Moore]