Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Well what a baron visit ! I did the usual 2 hour afternoon walk today, ashes lane, the small holding, wet woods, tree nursery and migrant alley, but the only thing of any note was a flyover CORMORANT, it flew over the lake, thought about alighting on the water, but flew off again! I spoke to a dog walker along the footpath that leads from the lake to the woods, and he described flushing up a brown bird, a bit smaller than a partridge, I told him it was probably a woodcock. At least he got to see something today! Migrant alley did have 77 JACKDAWS feeding on the manured maize stubbles, - yes I had nothing else to do but count Jackdaws, and where have all the Redwing and Fieldfare gone to, surely not gone north already ? Really, it was a poor afternoon. I didn't even take my camera, as the light was so bad. Oh, and the excitement from yesterday - The Coot, it's gone! No doubt the Oxon Hoath birder has Coot-knapped it back!! Lets hope things pick up soon.