Sunday, 21 September 2014

It was much fresher than of late this morning, with a moderate northerly wind breaking up the early cloud cover to give some sunny intervals.

 This BUZZARD flew over early in the walk

I carried out a 'full patch walk'' and in the 4 and a half hours it took, I found 47 bird species, but that didn't include Songthrush, Treecreeper, Coal Tit or Long Tailed Tit that I know were out there somewhere!

Out on the pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley the LINNET flock had dwindled slighly, 50 - 60 were seen, the STARLING flock was smaller too, with around 40 - 50 birds present. Three GREEN WOODPECKERS were also seen, as were at least 8 MEADOW PIPITS, plus the mixed flock of ROOKS, CARRION CROWS, JACKDAWS and the odd MAGPIE.

Summer species continue to dwindle, with just one BLACKCAP being found, that was at the edge of the Maize crop in the Pub Field, where 4 of todays 7 CHIFFCHAFFS were also found, a PHEASANT was recorded here too, it's been a while since I've seen one! SWALLOWS zipped through on the wind in two's and three's, as did the only other summer visitor seen today, a YELLOW WAGTAIL.

Whilst over at the Lakes ticking off the regulars of MUTE SWAN, MALLARD, COOT and MOORHEN, a KINGFISHER was seen flying low over the main lake, then a few minutes later the raucous call of a RING NECKED PARAKEET (74) was heard, I picked it up as it headed West, soon flying out of view,  a bit of a dubious months addition, but i'll take it  :-)

BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH, JAY, STOCK DOVE and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were noted in the Scrubby Woods today, while the Small Holding held plenty of WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK, BLACKBIRD, CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH and a few GREENFINCH, most of these finches are here due to my garden feeders only 40 meters away as the finch flies  :-)

Few flyover species were added today, the already mentioned Buzzard, Swallows and Yellow Wagtail were joined by the likes of HERRING GULL, GREY HERON, the KESTREL pair, a SPARROWHAWK, a skein of  8 CANADA GEESE, then a skein of 30-40 GREYLAG GEESE, a few more Meadow Pipits, a GREY WAGTAIL that dropped into the Greenhouse Grounds and a party of 4 CORMORANT were it for the day  :-)

A pre Sunday dinner photo session in my garden was a bit hit and miss, but a couple of images were taken  :-)

 GREAT TIT

Wren

BLUE TIT


Saturday, 20 September 2014

Low cloud, mist and drizzle awaited me this morning, but the visit was brightened as I walked a circuit of Migrant Alley, when I heard a wader calling in the distance, unsure of its identity I scanned the sky and soon picked out my first GOLDEN PLOVER (103, 72) of the year, a real bonus bird for the year list and one never recorded in any September before  :-)  Only ten minutes later I heard the call of another wader, this one was unmistakable, a SNIPE (73), it flew directly over me, blimey two wader species in a day! A real rare occurrence on my patch! On the paddocks and sheep pasture there were again around 150 LINNETS, plus around 200 STARLINGS, a few MEADOW PIPITS flew over, 2-3 dropping into the sheep pasture, I also saw at least 2 REED BUNTINGS fly over, calling as they went.

Walking the edge of the Maize crop at the Pub Field, it again produced a minimum of 5 CHIFFCHAFF, but there was no sign of a Blackcap today, in fact no other warbler species were seen this morning.

Over at the Scrubby Woods there seemed to have been an influx of GOLDCRESTS, I kept hearing them call and despite there diminutive size, I watched more than once as they chased other birds around, one such bird was a COAL TIT, another a TREECREEPER  :-)  I also found LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH, and BULLFINCH as I wandered through the woods.

A look over the lakes was a disappointment, nothing but the usual species were found, however, I did see a LITTLE EGRET fly over, the second this month and just the third this year.

I finished the visit with a sky watch back over at Migrant Alley, but first had another look through the Greenhouse Grounds, where another 2 Chiffchaffs and the GREY WAGTAIL pair had turned up. My sky watch didn't add too much more excitement to the morning, but SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD and the KESTREL pair were all watched, and a LITTLE OWL was heard to call from the Greenhouse Copse.

In the very dismal light today it was useless to try and get any photo's and it was frustrating later this afternoon when I had good views of Treecreeper, Chiffchaff and Goldcrest in my garden, I also had some very close views of the Sparrowhawk, I did try to get an image or two, but at shutter speeds of less than 100th of a second, they just turned out crap!! All I have to brighten the post today are a couple of Dunnock images I took from my garden yesterday.

Dunnock

Ive been accused of ''gluing'' down the birds to get a good image, thats not true, although as you can see in the above image I do screw them down!!  :-)  :-)