Wednesday, 24 February 2010

The rain stopped for a few hours this afternoon, and I even had some flashes of sunshine, the temperature was a balmy 10c, no more burning cold fingers!

I spent 2 hours over at the lake area and around the Wet woods, and saw not much that was different from yesterday. Again the LONG TAILED TITS provided the entertainment, and they were abley supported by the COAL TIT, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS.

On the lake I was well happy with seeing the COOT for the third day in succession, with it were a dozen MALLARD and a few MOORHEN. Overhead, a CORMORANT flew low over, only the second record this month. The only raptors seen were a pair of SPARROWHAWKS, the male of which was seen later zooming through the wet woods.
Above: My Coot! I looked at last years records for coot, and saw that one turned up on the 23rd Feb. Just one day later than this years bird turned up, maybe it's the same bird ?

Below is the scene that greets me 90% of the time when I look over the water - nothing on it!

Looking back at last February, I see I was posting the Celendine in flower (below) by the 27th.
By the 21st I had seen my first Bumble bee! No chance of that yet, but there was an increase in small insects today, I even saw a small moth....spring is coming, it's just a bit late ;-)


Chris said...

Hi Warren,
Seems to me that the weather is getting crazy... For now it is snowing over here and we are getting the winter we did not get in December ;-) Like for you, you are getting dull weather too but at least it is nice you got to see the coot again, probably the same as last year ;-)

Phil said...

Hi Warren
You're right, spring is coming, according to the "experts" this morning there will be a change for the better from about the end of next week. Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Nuthatch..........I wish:-)

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Was looking at Lesser Celandine the other day , just leaves , no sign of flower buds yet .
It is amazing how , with just a few rays of sunshine , midges and others , just appear from nowhere .

ShySongbird said...

I do hope it comes soon Warren, we all need it. Glad you still have your solitary Coot :)

Ken Browne. said...

Hi Warren.
You did well seeind a moth today.You are stil seeing some good Passerines, some of which I don't get over here. Keep up the good work and I am sure things will improve. Who knows what tomorrow will bring.

Tony Morris said...

Lots of birds singing today Warren, made me feel spring was on the way!

Dean said...

"spring is coming, it's just a bit late"
It can`t come quick enough for me Warren. Mega fed up now.