Thursday, 26 February 2009
It was a little brighter today, even some patches of blue sky appeared later on, just not in front of the sun! A trip over to the lake area found the Mute swans had left, there's not much for them to eat there so it's not surprising. The usual MALLARDS and MOORHENS were about though, and a pair of CANADA GEESE look to be in breeding mode, they somtimes breed on the small island on the lake. A pair of BULLFINCH were around the lakeside vegetation, they seem to have left the small winter groups, and are thinking of breeding. Only small numbers of 'winter' birds were seen, around 15 REDWING were in the small holding area, and 25 FIELDFARE at migrant alley. Around 20 SISKIN were in the wet woods, and one was on my garden feeders, seen as I was eating lunch. A sit at migrant alley was not very productive, ROOKS and JACKDAWS were on the spread manure, and a SKYLARK sang above them, 2 GREY HERON flew over, but that was it! Not one gull went over. Whilst I was there I noticed the markers had been put in across the stubble field, showing where the gas pipeline was going to go through, the hedges had been removed earlier in the week - a 50m swathe is going right through my beloved Migrant alley, will the migrants still visit the fields ? work starts in june I believe, so I'll have to wait and see.