Thursday, 18 November 2010

Just an hour was had out on my patch this afternoon, much of that was spent in 'dusk like' conditions, and so not much was recorded. As usual the MALLARD and MOORHEN were on the lake, but so was a KINGFISHER, that brightened the afternoon up a bit! A few of the common woodland species were heard or seen - COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLDCREST and NUTHATCH being the best of those.

3 GREEN WOODPECKERS were feeding on a large lawn, next to the Small Holding, and flyovers from SISKIN, FIELDFARE and REDWING were all there was to get excited about this afternoon. By 15:00hrs I was back home, and needed to turn the lights on to make a cup of tea!

Oh well, these are the challenges that need to be met at this time of year. At least I have been able to finish my Butterfly page off, click on the page at the top right of the side bar or here to see it. If these gloomy cloudy days keep up i'll have to do a dragon and damselfly page !

EDIT at 16:33: Just heard a LITTLE OWL (65) calling from the large gardens around my house, something for the months list at last :-)


Phil said...

I know what you mean Warren. It was nearly dark here at 14.30. At least you got one new tick for the month, which is one more than me this morning.
Thanks for your help yesterday by the way.

Marc Heath said...

The depressing long dark days are here, that my cue for some owl hunting soon.

Greenie said...

Warren ,
No problems with your added butterflies .
If ? you wanted to 'tweak' the page -
Gatekeepers both male .
1st.Holly Blue male , 2nd. probably
Meadow Brown female .
Silver Washed Fritillary male .
Both Small Skippers males .
Large White male .
Small White male .
Well done with the Little Owl .

Derek Faulkner said...

A terrific catalogue of butterfies Warren, well done, I thought they were great.
Now that's what long sunny days in summer gives you, unlike this dark at 3.30 stuff.

Bob Bushell said...

Well, it's so beautiful to see a Kingfisher. That is a wonderful feeling.

ShySongbird said...

That Kingfisher would certainly have brightened my day up Warren! Well done on the Little Owl too.

The butterfly section is lovely, very uplifting on days like these.

I have been spearing fallen apples onto branches this afternoon in the vain hope of attracting a Waxwing :) If not, perhaps a return from the Fieldfares and Redwings of last Winter. More than likely though it will be the Blackbirds who benefit. Ah! I nearly forgot the other likely visitor, the Blackcap.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Nice one with the Little Owl - I feel a record coming on and not the spinning variety!

Will take a peek at your new butterfly page in a bit.


Anonymous said...

It was dusk-like all day here, Warren. It`s not helping my S.A.D one iota.