Wednesday, 17 December 2014

This morning was cloudy, with bits and pieces of rain about, but there was also a few brighter spells late on during my 3 patch hour visit.

A few of the species not seen on yesterdays full patch walk turned up this morning, flyovers from a single SKYLARK, single YELLOWHAMMER, a group of 4 CORMORANTS, and a mixed flock of around 8 REDWING and 14 FIELDFARE would have bolstered yesterdays list, as would have the COAL TITS that were seen with a flock of around 8 LONG TAILED TITS, that were in the Scrubby Woods. It was as I watched the mixed feeding flock that I heard them all break into an alarm call, I looked up and about, but couldn't see any danger for them, but then within a few seconds a SPARROWHAWK flew through, how on earth did they know that was coming!

Over on the lakes a bit of a change was seeing 2 female GOOSANDER on the main lake, whilst the ornamental lake was hosting the usual COOT pair, MALLARDS and MOORHENS, but only the immature MUTE SWAN was present with them today.

8 MEADOW PIPITS were at the Greenhouse Grounds, making occasional forays out onto the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, the KESTREL pair were on the Greenhouses and a third bird was seen in the distance, up hunting over the Pub Field. The pair of LITTLE OWLS were sitting hunched up together on a favoured branch at the Greenhouse Copse, a pair of PHEASANTS and 3 GREEN WOODPECKERS were also seen in the copse. As I walked back through the Greenhouse Grounds a pair of BULLFINCH were seen, plus 3 SONGTHRUSH fed on the very water logged ground.

Still no addition to the December list, but i'm hopeful of seeing a flyover Lapwing or Greylag Goose before the month ends, or maybe even a Snipe if the weather turns a bit colder  :-)

These are the Little Owl images I took yesterday, plus a ROBIN that was begging to be Photographed!

Almost a clear view of it!

festive Robin

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Early cloud soon drifted east, leaving some good long sunny spells for a four hour full patch walk this morning.

As has been the case for most of my December full patch walks, the days species tally was a bit below what might have been be expected, with 38 species being found, species like Grey Heron, Cormorant, Yellowhammer, Skylark, Coal Tit, Greenfinch, Sparrowhawk, Fieldfare, Redwing, Mistlethrush, Canada or Greylag Goose all could have reasonably been expected, but none turned out, in fact I haven't yet added Greylag Goose to the months list.

It was a case of once again finding the regular common species, with a few scarcer ones thrown in, like the pair of LITTLE OWLS that were in the Greenhouse Copse sitting in the same tree, and the GREY WAGTAIL that flew over the Greenhouse Grounds, where the KESTREL pair were hunting. A BUZZARD was a nice sighting as it flew over the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, putting up all the ROOKS, JACKDAWS, WOODPIGEONS, STARLINGS, BLACK HEADED GULLS and 6 MEADOW PIPITS.

The best of what the Small Holding, Wet Woods, and Scrubby Woods could offer today, were TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, JAY, STOCK DOVE, BULLFINCH, GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS.

Once again only the ornamental lake had any life on it, that being the MUTE SWAN family, the adults had arrived back after not being their yesterday, plus the COOT pair a dozen MALLARDS and a scattering of MOORHENS.

Half way through the month now and i'm struggling to add anything new for the December list, ive not added anything in the last 5 visits  :-(

At least with the arrival of some sunshine, the camera has accompanied me for a couple of days, here's a few of todays snaps, I'll save the Little owl photo for tomorrow, as it looks like poor weather tomorrow.

Flyover Buzzard, just about in camera range


PIED WAGTAIL, it was a challenging subject to photograph, being black and white, with a bright background and the sun shining from the side, good practice though  :-)