Thursday 30 December 2010
Carried out my final count, for the year, of the fields around Battle Farm. A grand total of 309 birds of 35 species were identified. Two new species were seen which, as I am now in the 6th year of the monthly survey, is not bad going. They were both "flyover" jobs and not normally associated with farmland being a small party of 6 Tufted Duck and a single Egyption Goose. Very few Redwings and no Fieldfares presumably because all of the berries have been eaten and the ground is still too hard for worms. Good to see 4 Yellowhammers, a couple of Goldcrests and a Blackcap.