Monday, 25 May 2015

Desperate to add something to the May list, I tried an early morning sky watch, as the most likely addition to the months list now will be a fly over, so at a little after 06:00hrs I headed off over to my seat at Migrant Alley, initially in some sunshine, but before 07:30hrs the cloud encroached and the wind got up a bit, making for a chilly sit.

In the four and half hours I sat and watched, I recorded the following species, either flying over, or around the immediate area, which included the Greenhouse Grounds, Greenhouse Copse, plus the sheep pasture and horse paddocks of Migrant Alley......................

WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, WOODPIGEON, PIED WAGTAIL, BLACKBIRD, GREAT TIT, SONGTHRUSH, WHITETHROAT, BLACKCAP, SWALLOW, SWIFT, KESTREL, STARLING, GREEN WOODPECKER, BLUE TIT, HERRING GULL, CARRION CROW, ROOK, LINNET, JACKDAW, GREENFINCH, PHEASANT, MAGPIE, CHAFFINCH, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, SKYLARK, CHIFFCHAFF, STOCK DOVE, BUZZARD, GOLDFINCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, CUCKOO ( all be it a bit distant!) COLLARED DOVE, SPARROWHAWK, HOUSE SPARROW and lastly CANADA GOOSE,  that's 37 species, but not a thing for the May list, which at 66 species is the joint 8th worse May total so far and still 8 behind last years record May tally.

I may have added 7-10 more species to the days list by walking the woods and visiting the lakes, if time had permitted, but I had things to do in preparation for my Wales holiday that I leave for on Saturday, (that will loose me two more days of the month in which to increase the May list!)

Later this afternoon, I tried again to get some images of the Starlings feeding their young at my garden feeding station, but the light was so poor, I didn't get the shutter speed neccassry to catch the action as I would want, and ended up deleting what I took, maybe i'll get another chance tomorrow if it brightens up.

I got a few images to post as I waited for the Starlings to visit, nothing exciting though!

 This Woodpigeon sat on the feeding log, just as a 30 second sunny interval appeared  :-)

One of the Magpie pair kept an eye on ''its'' food chasing off any would be thieves ;-)

This is the only Starling image I kept, that's not my thumb over the lens in the bottom corner, its the head a flower!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Not too much to report from todays patch visit, an early walk around the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley, in dull, overcast conditions, produced much the same as yesterday, with 8 CANADA GEESE and 6 GREYLAG GEESE out on the sheep pasture, plus a few LINNETS feeding on the dandelion seed heads on one of the paddocks. A GREY HERON and a flock of 6 HERRING GULLS flew over as I walked, also the female KESTREL was seen on one of the nearby Greenhouses.

Around 09:00hrs the sun came out, so I made my way over to the Scrubby Woods, seeing a COMMON BUZZARD at the Ashes Lane Fields as I went. I checked the lakes before looking around the Scrubby Woods, but nothing apart from a pair of Canada Geese were seen. Once in the Scrubby Woods I was on the lookout for Dragons and newly fledged birds, the Dragons were thin on the ground, just a couple each of White-legged damsels, Common Blue and Azure Damsels, plus a lone male Beautiful demoiselle.

As for the fledglings I did a little better, with the sighting of the first GREAT TIT family, at least 4 were being fed by both parents up in a large Oak Tree, 10 days later than last years first date.

It was disappointing not to re locate the Spotted Flycatcher from yesterday, but it may still be around, hiding up in one of the large gardens.

A couple of Small Coppers were the best of the Butterflies seen today

Azure Damselfly

Later in the morning I spent some time in my garden, hoping to get some shots of the young STARLINGS being fed by their parents, but none turned up! This young GREENFINCH made a decent substitute  :-)