Thursday, 25 November 2010

I left home this afternoon for my usual patch visit, which is now down to just 90 mins as the light diminishes earlier and earlier, with the idea of finding a patch year tick, and so giving me the best yearly tally for the 9 years of record keeping on my patch, it would also boost the November tally, so equalling the best ever November total...............

Things rapidly went down hill from there :-) . In the chilly NW breeze and overcast sky, birds were at a premium, I walked from my house, along the lane, through the Small Holding and Wet Woods, finding along the way a JAY and a MAGPIE - that was it!!!!!

Where have all the birds gone ? I reached the lake, and scanning the water found just one pair of MALLARD, this was truly an abysmal state of affairs, never in the 9 years have I known it as quiet as this! I sat down and waited, watched and listened, a GOLDCREST was finally heard to call, and 15 JACKDAWS went over headed North, a MOORHEN showed itself as it quickly swam across the lake, but that was it.

I'd had enough, I wasn't even going to get something new for the week let alone the year. I headed off over to the Greenhouse Complex to check the Raspberries, and found - nothing, not a thing was interested in them, must be all the sprays that were put on them! I checked the boundary hedge and found just ROBINS, BLACKBIRDS, DUNNOCKS a WREN and two GOLDFINCH, no sign of the overwintering Chiffchaff today.

With the wind dipping its icy fingers down the back off my neck, I realised i'd be better of watching the garden feeders for the last 45 mins of light that remained, but even here things were a little quiet, best birds were the COAL TIT, and pair of NUTHATCH. Things must get better than this for the weekend!

8 comments:

Derek Faulkner said...

Warren,

Has it not occurred to you that the birds, like some of us sensible humans, are somewhere warm and not out and about in such freezing temperatures.
Much better indoors today.

Warren Baker said...

Oh !! Derek,I forgot, they've all gone to sit in there conservatories :-) LoL

Greenie said...

Warren ,
That wind certainly was bitter , and it's getting colder .
Guess who's hedgelaying on Saturday ?

Phil said...

Remember Warren, a lot can happen at Pittswood in five days!

Bob Bushell said...

Ah, it's certainly cold outside, I stayed out filming for four hours, and I was dying.

Ken. said...

Hi Warren.
You at least made the effort, even toughit was bitter cold. Sorry that there wasn't the birds about. I hope tomorrow is a better day for you.

ShySongbird said...

I think they were all tucked up somewhere nice and warm Warren. However, don't forget...if there is snow up north it may just bring those Waxwings nearer...I hope! :)

Dean said...

I didn`t get anything in the garden, despite all the food on offer.
Like Phil said, 5 days left. Fingers crossed, mate.