Monday, 8 January 2018

Canons Farm and Beddington Farmlands

A stroll around Canons this morning was fairly uneventful, save for a flock of 18 Skylarks, a Mistle Thrush, two Meadow Pipits and a modest mixed flock of Redwings and Fieldfares.

In the afternoon I joined Kojak in the hide at Beddington, picking out two Caspian Gulls (a first-winter and a second-winter) and a first-winter Yellow-legged Gull. Roy W later turned up for another go at the Twite and, thank goodness, we located it with the 60-strong Linnet flock, albeit briefly. Seven Snipe and 52 Lapwings were present, along with three Shelducks, three Egyptian Geese, 45 Shovelers and four Pochards. Other bits included a good count of 52 Lapwings, a Chiffchaff, two Reed Buntings and a Cetti's Warbler.

Twite at Beddington
second-winter Caspian Gull at Beddington
first-winter Caspian Gull at Beddington
first-winter Yellow-legged Gull at Beddington