The early walk to work produced a few species for the February list, not quite light enough yet but getting there with everyday now. The ROBIN, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKBIRD, WOODPIGEON, JACKDAW, CARRION CROW and ROOK kicked off the months list. The walk home from work was relatively poor, but with the icy wind blowing across the fields and paddocks it was to be expected, I did find HERRING GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley though, and in the shelter of the Greenhouse Grounds, DUNNOCK, CHAFFINCH, STARLING, WREN, BLUE TIT and KESTREL were seen.
As I ate a quick sandwich at home before setting off out over to the lakes, I watched the garden feeders and added GREENFINCH, GOLDFINCH, COLLARED DOVE, GREAT TIT, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER to the February count, 20 already, only 47 more species to find to equal the February record, set in 2009 :-)
I visited the field just off Ashes lane where the local farmer has grown a 'wildbird crop' and it payed dividends for me, the flock of 30-40 YELLOWHAMMER were still present, and I also got the bonus of finding a REED BUNTING amongst them, I suspect there may be more, but getting close to the flock is very difficult. I carried on to the Lakes via the Small Holding and Wet Woods, adding GREEN WOODPECKER, MAGPIE, TREECREEPER, JAY, and COAL TIT as I went.
On the lakes I was pleased to see the pair of COOTS still around, a good species for February ( well any month really!) also a GREY HERON and 3 MOORHENS were there, as well as the ever present MALLARDS who's numbers had increased to 24. In and around the scrubby Woods a good selection of species were added to the months list, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, SISKIN, GOLDCREST, PHEASANT, and the star bird a WOODCOCK - fantastic sighting for here! :-)
I confess to cutting the visit a little short, as the wind was starting to chill me, so I went back home to see what would turn up at the feeders, which was not without some success, as the expected SPARROWHAWK came through, and four LONG TAILED TITS came in later on.
So, 39 species to get the month rolling, I was quite pleased with that, especially with the Reed Bunting, Coot and Woodcock. :-)
Photo's today come from the garden feeders - same old faces, but they brighten the page :-)
|Long Tailed Tit|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|Great Spotted Woodpecker - still not quite sure whether to come out of hiding whilst I'm watching !|