Monday, 29 February 2016

Hares

Saturday morning was spent surveying a lowland farm site near Lesbury.  The first bird of interest was a very confiding second-year male Peregrine sitting on a fence line.  Small numbers of Lapwing were starting to display and good numbers of Curlew (55) were feeding in a pasture.  Two Buzzards were eyeing up the large numbers of Brown hares (14 in one field).

Good numbers of Skylarks (25+ males) were in full song and the first of the returning Meadow pipits were seen.  Other species of interest included a pair of Stonechat, at least 7 Yellowhammers and several Tree sparrows.

Visible migration included small parties of Siskins moving north.

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