Tuesday, 24 February 2015
Plenty of voles
Recent visits to Widdrington tip has been notable for Herons, Kestrels and Buzzards. The Herons and Buzzards (up to four at any one time) have been flushed off the ground in the rough grass and concluding they can only be feeding on an abundance of voles. I have also seen many voles/mice moving through the long grass as I walk through. Next month sees the movements from the uplands of any wintering Great grey Shrikes and it would be wonderful to encounter one in this area. The last time I saw one in this area was in a more farmland environment unrecognisable today behind what is still Karva woodcraft today but Joycee engineering way back in December 1975 as a young teenager! The habitat today looks more suitable than it did then.
Woodcock was in the denser Alder Carr area but I don't see Snipe here now due to the encroaching Alders and Willows. It used to be a good place to see Jack Snipe. Still plenty of common birds around. Today at Highlaws near Heighley Gate there is a large flock of around 650 Fieldfares feeding in fields with a similar number of Starlings.