Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Well, with this strong NW wind and heavy, blustery showers, sightings of interest were at a premium today. This mornings walk to work produced a lone REDWING feeding in the college grounds, one of the last i'll record i'm sure, and the walk home again was only enlivened by a KESTREL, hunting around the greenhouse complex.

Just before leaving for my afternoon walk, a quick glance at the garden feeders revealed a nice male SISKIN. A heavy shower went through whilst I was out, and the wind, which was already strong, became even stronger, blasting the rain at me, and I nearly gave up and turned for home, but the rain ceased quite quickly, as it does with showers,and a little sunshine was had after. With all this weather going on, birds were hard to find, and as for any new migrants forget it! The only birds of note were, a pair of TREECREEPERS in the smallholding, chasing one another around the trunk of a Blackthorn tree, a GREY HERON, a CORMORANT and four pairs of LONG TAILED TITS at the lake and associated scrub. At Migrant Alley, an hours sitting (and getting wind blasted !) only produced 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS, and one singing skylark!

Once home, I sat at the window and watched the feeders for a while, maybe I should have stayed in and done this from the off, as I saw 2 BRAMBLING in my elder tree, I almost got a photo, but next doors noisy yapping dog started up and frightened everything off! Also of note in the garden was - GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, COAL TIT, 2 NUTHATCH and a jay. 21 species have been using the feeders this week, March is generally a good month for the garden.

No pics today, the weather was just too rubbish, and looking ahead it's going to get worse!


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Obviously two Weetabix for breakfast then .

Anonymous said...

We have wintry weather forecast for the weekend, Warren. Nice, not!!

lee said...

Hello Warren, still very good numbers in the garden,you never no what these strong winds will bring in tomorrow, goodluck.

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
Shame about the weather today.It's about time it improved, don't you think? Still, good number of species for your feeders.
Also nice to know there are still a few Brambling around.

ShySongbird said...

Still a good list of birds despite the weather, it has been much the same here, cold and very windy with squally rain, a Blackthorn Winter as they say.