Wednesday 22 March 2017

Canons Farm, 22nd March 2017

Heading out this morning to continue mapping territories was an utterly dismal affair, the forecast of rain and wind holding true for once. Before I had enough and headed home, I did record a Grey Heron, a couple of Pied Wagtails and four Meadow Pipits. Taking the chance to polish off 'The Birds of Canons Farm & Banstead Woods 2012-16' and send it to the printers, I celebrated by heading out again once the outdoors looked an appealing place to be once more. This was rewarded with two distant Red-legged Partridges and wonderful views of a 2cy female Sparrowhawk, as well as hearing a Little Owl singing. The Sparrowhawk is the species that got me hooked on birding and every close up encounter remains such a thrilling experience!
2cy ♀ Sparrowhawk
Red-legged Partridge