It was really tough going, in far from favourable weather, with rain setting in from about 9am and continuing to after 2pm. We gave it a really good go and although we got thoroughly drenched we were energised by a very large chocolate sponge cake kindly made for us. It was great to be out in the field and gather some useful bird records from a generally under watched area.
After a fairly slow start, things picked up as we hiked around the Edgecote Estate and, especially, the adjoining Trafford Marsh area. Highlights included a flock of about fifty redpolls, two flocks of forty plus siskins, a brambling, eleven snipe, kingfisher and a peregrine.
Later in the afternoon we were more car-based, making regular stops, but struggled and ultimately failed to find any tree sparrows or partridges. Fortunes improved as the rain cleared in the afternoon, with a single chiffchaff working its way along a hedgerow, and a flock of a couple of hundred golden plover at a favoured haunt near Middleton Cheney.
Thanks again to Neil McMahon for leading the way on the birding and all the driving.
Stop Press: species count for the day was 65.