Tuesday, 3 February 2009

I was back out on my patch this afternoon, and trying hard to find a new species to put on the year list. Although yesterdays snow was still lying, it felt warm in the sunshine out of the cool breeze. The walk over to the wet woods and lake area was scarcely worth the effort, just the LITTLE OWL was noteworthy, sitting at it's usual tree, the first of four new species for this month found today. The lake was frozen over, and the wet woods was dripping ice and water from the trees all over me, so i quickly made my way out, and into the tree nursery. Whilst walking along the edge of the nursery and wet woods, I was fortunate enough to once again disturb a WOODCOCK, or is it the same Woodcock that I have recorded here before? Anyway, it's another new species for this month, as was the PIED WAGTAIL that flew over a few minutes later. I plodded my way through the snow, and thought I saw the Barn Owl pop up over the laurel trees, but I didn't see properly, so I didn't count it. I've not seen it since the 24th of Jan, I hope it's still ok! Over at Migrant Alley the maize and sheep pasture was snow covered, so nothing was on them, apart from a small flock of mixed thrushes, only a dozen or so, and a single LAPWING, they had managed to find a sunny line of grass up against the hedge, that the snow had been thawed from. Apart from a few BLACK HEADED GULLS and a single COMMON GULL, which was the fourth new species for this month, nothing much else was about.

In the garden I had a REDWING alight in the Elder tree, only the 3rd one recorded in my garden, If I put some more apples out maybe i'll get my first fieldfare. As for the ''February Garden Challenge'' I added another two species today, when a flock of LINNETS were seen in their pre-roost tree, and 2 MALLARDS flew over the house towards the frozen lake.


Here's one of 3 Foxe's I saw today

The Little owl was out enjoying the warmth of the winter sunshine

This SPARROWHAWK flew low from the tree nursery, and sped into a garden, attacking a BLACKBIRD that was feeding under a line of leylandii tree's. It missed!



9 comments:

Andrew at Quicksilverbirds said...

Great photos of the Fox and Owl Warren, I never seem to get close enough with the camera for those 2 species

Stewart said...

That Fox is looking well in the sunshine. They are all hunted out up here. Around where I live, the Alnwick district, I have seen one in the last 4 years! They are commoner in the south east of the county where there are no gamekeepers...

Phil and Mandy said...

What a lovely set of Photos mate.
A 1st for me today was a Treecreeper which I spotted before Dave and some Long Tailed Tits feeding up close on a tree.

lee said...

HiWarren,lovely photos, it was a perfect day for it ,nice too see the sun again,im sure your see your barn owl again they have a habbit of doing a disappearing act and then show up when least expect it.

Oxonhoath Birds said...

Great photos Warren. Your the real birding Guru im just a fake

Chris said...

Hi Warren,
The fox is almost observing you straight into your eyes... Was probably wondering what was this big guy taking pictures with a strange beak!!! I love the picture of the owl!!

Steve said...

great pictures Warren. Brilliant one of the Sparrowhawk

NW Nature Nut said...

Oh how I love your Little Owls! Looks like the Beaverton Bird Blog is giving you a run for your money on the bird count!

Mary said...

Wow...foxes, owls and sparrowhawks?? What neat wildlife you see!