Wednesday, 18 February 2009
I only had an hour or so this afternoon, so I only visited the small holding, wet woods and lake area. Although it was grey and dismal weather wise, ( no pics today) the LITTLE OWL was at his perch, half in, and half out of it's hole, in the surrounding area a small flock of REDWING and 2 BULLFINCH were seen, as well as the GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS. In the wet woods it was a bit quieter than of late, not so much song was heard, but I did manage to disturb yet another WOODCOCK, the first I have ever seen on this part of my patch, also seen was a pair of TEAL which flew up from the water, and away. A feeding flock was located, which was mostly LONG TAILED TITS, but also had a TREECREEPER, and 3 GOLDCRESTS in it. I saw two seperate pairs of LONG TAILED TITS as well, it seems they are disbanding their flocks and pairing up now. At the lake there was again a dozen MALLARD, 3 MOORHEN and a pair of CANADA GEESE, but just for a change there was a pair of Teal as well, probably the ones that flew up from the woods, they are seldom seen on the lake. I looked skywards for some reason, as one does, and was surprised to see a COMMON BUZZARD soaring high, I don't normally see them over this area of my patch,it was being pestered by a SPARROWHAWK! So overall it was a useful hour spent out on my patch, tomorrow and Friday i'm on holiday, so I can get some long morning walks in, and hopefully find something new for the year list, or the one species new for the month that will give me a record February count.