Visit to SP9383 gave some good sightings, Blackcap, several Greenfinch and over 200 Fieldfare amongst 26 different species seen.
Whilst doing my dog walking around Aldwincle Village on several evenings early in the month I heard what appeared to be two Tawny Owls calling but no sightings were made.
From mid-month onwards walks have been restricted to the local footpaths and fields in the Lowick area. Unfortunately, to date, this has limited the number of species seen. Chiffchaffs were heard in the wooded area for the first time this year and a Goldcrest was found along the road by the Pocket Park.
New species added to my year list (now standing at 63) this month were:
I checked the nest box I put up last year in the Pocket Park and although there was no nest present there was some fresh moss, so I remain hopeful.
For April, local walks will be the order of the day, probably throughout the month, so we will have to hope that some spring migrants visit the area.
Goldfinch on the garden nyjer seed feeder
Sparrowhawk with Blue Tit taken in our Garden (January)
A good start to the month on my local patch at Lowick with a Grey Wagtail sighted in an area of rough ground on the farmland, 200 yds from the small Harpers Brook that runs through the village.
A Goldfinch managed to find my garden Nyjer feeder, otherise lots of regular birds on the feeders but nothing really notable.
Seeing raptors (Red Kite, Buzzzard, Kestrel and Sparrowhawks) regularly on my dog walking trips around Aldwincle Village (not Titchmarsh) but no Peregrine on the Church Steeple as yet.
Added a new square to my BTO BBS list, SP9678. Fairly similar to my local Lowick patch and my other BBS square SP9383 so it will be interesting to see how they compare.
Just 8 new species added this month, some new venues in March may help the year list along.
| January 2020
A quiet month, mailny spent on local patches at Lowick, Brigstock and Aldwinckle (Village only). I also carried out the monthly BTO WeBS count at Hardingstone Gravel Pit (Delapre), Northampton.
51 species in total, the highlight coming at the end of the month when a Lesser Redpoll visited the Nyjer feeder in our garden.
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