....................Winter Is On Its way Out....................
A new month, and a new list, the best February bird list was that of last year, when 67 species were recorded, i'll do well to get near that one! Looking at the combined February total for the past 8 years, it does give me some hope though, it stands at 78. (same as January)
I was asked in an e-mail what the birds in the coloured fonts meant, well i'll explain my system to all...... If I see a species new to my patch it is highlighted in PURPLE with the new patch total next to it in brackets. If I find a species new to the current year it will be highlighted in RED with the new year total next to it in brackets, and lastly if I find a new species for the current month it will be highlighted in ORANGE with the new monthly total next to it in brackets.
A small change will start this year, if I find a new patch species I will enter all the totals in brackets after it, patch, year and monthly ones. EG: GOLDEN EAGLE (128, 66, 41), A new species for the year will have the years total and monthly total after it. Zimples!!
This afternoons walk got me off to a flying start, in a little under two hours I recorded 40 species, I visited the Small Holding, Wet Woods, and Lake area, and walked the long way back home across the Tree Nursery. Virtually all the very commmon birds were seen, 4 finch species, 4 Tit species, 5 thrush species, and 5 crow species, also both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER showed up, ( I wont highlight and number the new months species on the first day of the month, obviously they are all new!). WREN, ROBIN, and DUNNOCK, all gave a bit of song, and a PIED WAGTAIL flew over calling. 3 species of GULL were seen BLACKHEADED, HERRING and the more elusive COMMON GULL. Other good species for the list were KESTREL, YELLOWHAMMER, SISKIN, TREECREEPER, GREY HERON and 4 LAPWING that flew over the tree nursery, where I also watched the first of the LINNETS coming into roost.
MALLARD and MOORHEN were seen on the frozen lake edge, and STARLING, HOUSE SPARROW, COLLARED DOVE, and WOODPIGEON made up the 40 species, I think that's it!