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Rowans with healthy berries, Grey Partridge and Redwing/Fieldfare
Posted by pete marsh
Common denominator seems to be absence in LDBWS recording area. Have only checked the white Lund Bookers area rowans and they are no good for waxwing with the berries tiny or absent. Anyone know of any ornamental rowans with decent crop in our suburbia or industrial areas please?
Grey Partridge - extinct north of Conder at the very least with no reports from Cockersands that I have seen?
Redwing/fieldfare - complete absence from usual sites, even in bad winters, in perfect searching weather yesterday am. No one has mentioned them yet. Any seen please?
Finally met events suggest we might get a Baltic cold weather evacuation in the coming weeks so a good time to check our local waterbodies and Morecambe bay low tide channels for displaced Smew, red-necked Grebe etc. It could all change however as it did at the very non White Christmas!
A few winter thrushes during 10k square coverage of SD 56 and 66 bisected by a quick Waxwing twitch (too quick cf Blackcap also on offer)
C24 redwing eskrigge
C50 redwing 1/2 mile north of wray on roeburndale east road
C15 fieldfare 1/4 mile west of wray
C25 fieldfare on roeburndale WEST road by junction for road to wray
Way below average and we have covered a lot of suitable upland pasture with adjoining tall trees etc
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2019 09:23PM by pete marsh.
Single Fieldfare over the Crook on NYD was notable here. 6+ Redwing on Postern Gate Lane on NYD in the tall roadside trees opposite the barn.
10 Redwing dropped in at the Crook yesterday afternoon. Just about all Yew berries gone here which kept c20 Redwings going until late December.
There was still a decent crop of rowan well into November in many places ... the Crem, Ridge Lane, the Cathedral School playground on East Rd, around the Pointer Roundabout, site of the old Greaves Park school etc. but most were stripped in the last 4 weeks. White rowan seems to be to go-to before service tree and cotoneaster. I haven't checked the White Cross pub/factory area or the Tax Office car park behind Dalton Sq yet. The former has plenty of red fruiting trees, the latter a stand of white berry between the decorative ash trees.
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