A very enjoyable couple of hours birding with Josh Marshall around Soar 9.30 - 2.00pm.

Hundreds of Skylark and Meadow Pipits in the fields surrounding the carpark, circling birds made any accurate count impossible, also 10 Wheatear, 3 Whinchat, Cirl Bunting and 4 House Sparrow.

In the meadow behind the farm numerous feeding alba wagtail 60+, in Starehole Valley 10 Chiffchaff, 3 Blackcap, 2 Goldcrest and 4 Stock Dove overhead. Also around the site GS Woodpecker, 4 Swallow, 14 Stonechat, 4 Kestrel, Merlin, 2 Sparrowhawk, Raven & Buzzard.

Small flocks of finches included 6 Chaffinch, 30+ Goldfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Bullfinch, 3 Yellowhammer, 60+ Linnet. Also 24 Starling, Green Woodpecker and of course Yellow-browed Warbler still in the sycamores adjacent to "The Olde Cottage" in the lane down towards the hotel.

Posted October 8th, 2013 at 7:43 pm by Bill Macdonald in Bird News