Friday, December 26, 2008

Boxing Day Waxwings

A walk from Kilmarnock to Irvine produced 27 Waxwings in Western Rd, Kilmarnock, and 40 Waxwings in East Road, Irvine.

Along the disused railway line near Knockentiber, a deer carcass attracted two Ravens, two Buzzards and up to a dozen Magpies. Some counts along the line between Bonnyton and Springside included Bullfinch (10), Blackbird (62), Yellowhammer (40), Lesser Redpoll (3), Long-tailed Tit (15), Chaffinch (65), Redwing (41), and Fieldfare (16) as well as Sparrowhawk, Grey Wagtail, Goldcrest, Coal Tit, Linnet, Meadow Pipit and Skylark among the commoner species. The flock of Tree Sparrows was still present near Springside, split in two groups in hedgerow on opposite sides of a large stubble field.

At Capringstone totals included: Wigeon (300+), Teal (110), Mallard (40+), Little Grebe (2), Curlew (106), Lapwing (35), The River Irvine between Holmsford Bridge and Shewalton produced Goosander (4), Red-breasted Merganser (m) and a Little Grebe.

We finished up at Irvine harbour with the usual suspects including Eider, Shelduck, Shag, Turnstone and Great Black-backed Gull

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