Saturday, December 31, 2011
With the blessing of the family I enjoyed an end of year walk around Rushbeds Wood and Lapland Farm (http://www.bbowt.org.uk/content.asp?did=23527). Given the time of year and the fact that it was late afternoon by the time I arrived, neither the Wood nor the fields were packed with wildlife. However, 18 bird species were seen and identified, and 20+ gulls (Larus sp.) we're seen overflying the reserve but not identified. I am useless with gulls so need to get some lessons!! Of particular note were 2 Raven (Corvus corax). All the birds (excluding the gulls) were recorded in BirdTrack (http://www.bto.org/volunteer-surveys/birdtrack). Other wildlife sightings were limited to Grey Squirrel (Sciurus carolinensis) and evidence of European Mole (Talpa europaea) activity.