I got over the cold virus as the day went on today, and i'll be back to normal tomorrow ( whatever that is!!)
Just two short visits to my patch were had today, but it remained very quiet, the most noteworthy thing was the wind again, strong and blustery, making for any flyover bird calls difficult to pick out whilst over at Migrant Alley. Around 200 BLACK HEADED GULLS were still using the sheep pasture to feed and shelter on, as well as a single HERRING GULL and 3 COMMON GULLS, two LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS also flew over whilst I was there.
A KESTREL was switching between hunting at the Greenhouse complex grounds and the Tree Nursery, while a mixed flock of REDWING and FIELDFARE numbering 48 birds, mostly Fieldfare, flew over. The bright spot of my short walk was seeing two SKYLARK (53) flying over low, headed SW, about time they availed themselves for the February list :-)
A walk over to the lake and woody scrub area was a particularly dull, and birdless affair, a LESSER REDPOLL was seen around the Lake edge, but just two CANADA GEESE and 1 pair of MALLARD were on the lakes, a couple of MOORHEN called, but went unseen.
The birdlife has certainly moved on from my patch over the last few days, but it's not unexpected, looking back at my previous years blog posts, it seems to be the norm, and later this month things should improve again.
The months target of 67 looks a long way off, and shows that the February of 2009, when it was achieved, was a remarkable one, last February I totalled 60 species, but more encouragingly I am just one species behind Feb. 2010 at this time in the month, despite not having a full patch walk done yet.
The COLLARD DOVE in the photo, looks a bit fed up! The garden was almost as birdless the rest of my patch this afternoon, the birds are very nervous at the best of times, due to the Sparrowhawk, but the blustery wind spooked them more so, and the only birds that visited and stayed for any time were the Collared doves.
Hopefully, tomorrow I can get back into the groove, and get back focused on my patch watching!