Friday, 21 October 2011

GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, They are back at the garden feeders with a vengeance!

A heavy grey blanket of cloud covered the sky this afternoon, this combined with heavy disturbance during the visit made for a very poor outing. The owners of one half of the Wet Woods were having one of their annual slash and burn outings, cutting back the dead wood and burning it - what a waste of good wildlife habitat, but some people still manage woodland in this old fashioned way  :-(

Migrant Alley had a work crew putting up mesh around the stock fences, and the Greenhouse Complex had pickers out in the poly tunnels, this didn't leave me a lot to visit!  I did the lakes, finding the usual MALLARD and MOORHEN, plus the slightly less usual GREY HERON, nothing else visiting yet  :-(  The Scrubby Woods was also quiet, but it was in earshot of Chainsaws, and drifting smoke also blew through, it gets like this sometimes on my patch!!  All that i had left really was the Tree Nursery, where once again a tramp up and down the rows of Laurel bushes flushed out a few BLACKBIRDS and SONGTHRUSHES, the HOUSE SPARROW flock were also in their favoured boundary hedge, but after noting a few flyover SISKIN and REDPOLL I decided to call it a day, maybe better luck will be had on my full patch walk tomorrow morning  :-)

8 comments:

Tim James said...

Nice capture Warren. I so wish they visited my patch here – fabulous birds.

Dean said...

Almost as poor as my patch visit, Warren ;-)

Warren Baker said...

Dean, at least it can only get better !!

Alan Pavey said...

Nice striking pic. Warren :-)

Phil said...

I'll keep my fingers crossed for you for tomorrow Warren, and I won't mention that I had quite a good visit to New Hythe today:-)

Warren Baker said...

I wont be reading your blog later then Phil!! :-)

Christian said...

Lovely fox image Warren - brilliant skulking behaviour behind the foliage.

Jason K said...

At least you've managed a patch visit...I've been otherwise engaged the past few days mate ....major withdrawl symptoms!