Saturday, 26 January 2008
A 5 hour walk round my patch today was very productive, despite the strong, cool westerly wind. A KESTREL hunted just before the golf course, where 11 GREY LAG GEESE flew over. At the lake area there were 27 MALLARD, a GREY HERON and 5 CORMORANT. The Little Grebe kept out of site, if it was there at all. A MARSH TIT gave me a photo opportunity just as i entered the wet woodland, where a single female TEAL was found. On the footpath just the otherside of the woods Celandine was coming into flower, a nice splash of colour at this dull time of year. At migrant alley the sky filled with 100 or so rooks as I walked through, and a couple of hundred winter thrushes fed in the paddocks there. A small group - 15 or 20 SISKIN fed in an alder tree at the streamside. 47 species were recorded, and a further 2, COAL TIT and a superb GREY WAGTAIL were seen in my garden later. The latter was the 50th species to use my garden and n0. 85 for the seen from house list, as well as being the 61st species for the month, a new January high.
Dusk From My Window