Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Most of my 4 hour walk this morning was undertaken in rainy conditions, some of it heavy, but at least there was little wind.

There wasn't too much of note to be found today, however, I did see a light passage of HOUSE MARTINS flying South, with them was the odd SWALLOW. Also of note today were 2 CHIFFCHAFF at the Greenhouse Grounds, where the SISKIN and GOLDFINCHES were again feeding in the Alders, they were disturbed by a SPARROWHAWK more than once! Two KESTRELS were hunting over Migrant Alley, where 6 MEADOW PIPITS were on the sheep pasture and a party of 8 HERRING GULLS were resting up.

A BUZZARD flew low over the Ashes lane Fields as I made my way to the lakes, where I was pleased to see 7 MANDARIN DUCKS (57), 5 of those being males. A GREY WAGTAIL was feeding around the out buildings by the main lake, from where I was taking shelter from the rain, whilst there, I also saw COAL TIT, BULLFINCH and a party of LONG TAILED TITS fly into the Scrubby Woods.

Back at home, in my garden, whilst unsuccessfully trying to scare off the Sparrowhawk from its ambush position in the leylandi tree, I noticed a BLACKCAP visit briefly, a nice male  :-)  The Sparrowhawk sat and watched me as I tried to scare it off, none of my stick chucking, and loud noises made it even flinch, there was only one thing that would scare it off............I went and got my camera, sure enough, when I returned with it, the Sprawk hopped up further into the tree, before finally flying off ! At least i'm saving a fair few quid on bird food, the Sprawk makes sure hardly anything is visiting the feeders at the moment!

Todays Photo's are of the Meadow Pipits, taken a few days ago...................

Monday, 5 October 2015

Sporadic rain and drizzle made for a damp patch visit this morning.

I spent 5 hours walking my patch, where it was mainly very quiet, but I did add 3 more species to the October list. The first of those was a BLACKCAP (54) which was found at the Greenhouse Grounds, where there was also 2 CHIFFCHAFFS. The mixed flock of SISKIN / GOLDFINCH  continue to be found in the Alders there, today there was at least 1 LESSER REDPOLL with them. Both the SPARROWHAWK and the KESTREL were perched up on one of the greenhouses when I arrived.

Goldfinch at the Greenhouse Grounds, image from last week. 

The morning flyover of GREYLAG / CANADA GEESE was much later today, I was over at the lakes when they flew over at 09:30hrs, 40-50 of the Canada Geese dropped onto the main lake, along with 2 Greylags, but nothing else was on the water today.

Finding nothing but the usual regulars in the Scrubby Woods / Wet Woods I made my way back over to my seat at Migrant Alley for a skywatch, where, in constant drizzle, I saw a CORMORANT (55) going over, plus three, then two, HOUSE MARTINS (56), more House Matins were seen just to the east of my patch, along with a huge flock of STARLINGS, easily in excess of 1000 birds, they were spooked up by something unknown, they then lined up on the power lines, completely filling the 250 meter length of line between two pylons!

HERRING GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS were also seen flying through, plus a few MEADOW PIPITS and LINNETS started to drop into the sheep pasture, joining the Goldfinches that were already there, but nothing much more exciting than that was seen during the soggy visit today.

Cormorant ( from Sevenoaks Wildfowl Reserve)

I love the green eyes on these birds  :-)