Tuesday, 14 April 2009

Before todays post, a quick welcome to dave, the Oxonhoath Birder ( see his link in my side bar). His patch is adjacent to mine - to the north, and on higher ground.

Meanwhile on my own patch, things have quietened down from the last two days. Even though I spent 3 hours this morning and 4 later on, I only managed to squeeze out 45 species! There was no change in the weather, still dull, damp and dreary, although there was a bright interlude around midday, but you would have missed it if you sneezed! What doesn't help either is the fact everyones back to work today, disturbance was everywhere!!

Just 2 YELLOWHAMMERS fed in the wildbird crop, and as I made my way to the smallholding a group of 9 HERRING GULLS flew over, both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were seen in the old orchard at the smallholding, as was a MOORHEN that had come out of the wet woods. The woods themselves are quite barron at this time of year birdwise, but there is a great show of Bluebells at the moment, the only birds that I did find there were a group of 6 drake MALLARDS on one of the pools, and a few BLUE and GREAT TITS. I could hear the CANADA GEESE on one of the lakes as I neared them, but thats all there was when I arrived, one of the CORMORANTS surveyed its domain from its favoured tree, and a SKYLARK sang from high above. The awaited Cuckoo hasn't found it's way to my patch yet, but as I listened at the scrub, BLACKCAPS, CHIFFCHAFFS, MISTLE THRUSH, SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK,WREN,ROBIN,COLARED DOVE,CHAFFINCH, GOLDFINCH and COAL TIT all sang, defying the gloom.

Crossing the tree nursery, a SPARROWHAWK went over, and two STOCK DOVES were on the bare part of the nursery, while on the part with shrubs on, a WHITETHROAT sang and a few LINNETS were displaying.

Migrant Alley was misty and quiet, a flock of 14 Herring Gulls were on one of the horse paddocks, and a KESTREL flew low over, alerted to me by the PIED WAGTAILS that fed on the ploughed field, these little black and white sentinels always give away the Raptors! SWALLOWS were around the college stables, collecting the mud from puddles, and the ever present colony of a dozen or so HOUSE SPARROWS were chirping from the buildings. Nothing new for the day list was seen around the college grounds and gardens, but a new Blackcap was singing by the pond.

That was about it for today, a hum-drum visit, but it will all change again.
NOTE: Tomorrow I am off out with the wife for a change,No not birding! (-: We're off to the coast, and I have been given orders to leave the bins at home! Next post will be on Thursday.

Below is the eggshell of a Songthrush, unfortunately it's been predated!
This Kestrel went over Migrant Alley, but the light was terrible, even in this bright spell!


Greenie said...

Warren ,
Walks to the horse jump and now a jolly to the seaside , and there was me thinking you were a hard man .
Enjoy the trip , but no hankie on head whilst paddling .

The Early Birder said...

I met a dog walker on Bookham Common this am who heard & saw Cuckoo on the 4th (& I trust him) but I'm not sure if it's still around.
Have a good day out.

Anonymous said...

And has your good lady banned you from taking the camera as well ?

lee said...

Enjoy the Waders down at the coast Warren .

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
I can't imagine you going out without your bins and camera, afterall who knows what you might miss if you don't take them. If you do take them and your better half tells you off, just blame it on your fellow Bloggers for egging you on, that lead's me to the Song Thrush egg marking's, aren't they terrific, of should I say eggcellent.
It was still a impressive days birding though Warren.
PS. Where on the coast are you two going?

Phil and Mandy said...

Enjoy the coast trip Warren.

ShySongbird said...

Seven hours and forty five species sounds pretty good to me Warren!
I really liked the Kestrel shot.
I hope you and your (long suffering!) wife have a wonderful trip to the sea and that for once you don't see any interesting birds or you will be spitting spiders with no camera etc!!

Kelly said...

...Warren, you're killing me. 45 species is an off day for you? (Yes, I know compared to other days it's off, but to me it's still amazing.) Beautiful color and markings on the Songthrush egg. Have a wonderful trip!

Tricia said...

Well I would have been delighted to have that many on my local patch - nice one Warren.

I was lucky enough to hear a cuckoo on Sunday but not my local; still it was a cuckoo and I haven't heard one for a couple of years.

Enjoy your seaside day - I'm sure you'll have to take the camera at least!