Monday, 22 March 2010
The only Photo taken today was of this DUNNOCK.
I left a little early for work this morning, hoping for another sighting of the
Wheatear at Migrant alley, but alas, it had moved on already, all that was there were the pair of CANADA GEESE, not a very good substitute! It was notable that not a single Fieldare of Redwing was seen, they are departing northwards rapidly now.
This afternoon there was a strong, gusty wind, which made things difficult. The birds were all keeping low, and few sang. In the Small Holding there was a group of birds on the Alpaca enclosure including, GREEN WOODPECKER, MISTLE THRUSH, SONG THRUSH, a single REDWING, and a few CHAFFINCH and GREENFINCH. On to the Wet Woods and the first thing I saw was a TREECREEPER, I spent ages looking for one yesterday, and failed! Not much else was seen here, 3 male MALLARD on the pools, and a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER calling. The lakes were pretty dull again today, not much chance of a different duck now, so I don't spend so much time here, just 10 Canada Geese and 4 male Mallard were recorded.
In the scrub area, COAL TITS were calling and chasing around, and a male GOLDCREST was displaying to a female, raising his crest to her, it was as bright as moulten gold.
A walk over to Migrant Alley for a bit of skywatching was not very productive, just 1 MEADOW PIPIT, 1 YELLOWHAMMER, 2 SKYLARK, the KESTREL around the Greenhouse Complex, and the usual Gulls and Corvids were seen.
I checked the pub field manure heap, but again it was just STOCK DOVES and WOODPIGEONS there. Once the field goes under the plough in a few weeks it could liven up a bit.