A good total of 45 species was recorded, but it was generally quieter than of late, with less birdsong, although both SONGTHRUSH and MISTLETHRUSH, as well as WREN, DUNNOCK ROBIN, CHAFFINCH, GREENFINCH and BLACKBIRD all gave some song at times, the latter the first I've heard singing this year :-)
Whilst looking into the Wet Woods for yesterdays Teal, which I didn't find today, I came across a drake MANDARIN DUCK, probably the same bird that was on the lakes yesterday afternoon. The Lakes today had a GREY HERON and a CORMORANT fishing, plus a few MOORHEN, with 3 pairs of MALLARD. There were no Geese today, and the third Coot had now moved on, leaving the paired up couple to themselves.
Winter species were not fourth coming today, the only one seen were flyover SISKIN, not a single Fieldfare or Redwing was recorded. Just 2 Gull species were noted, those being BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULL, 25 of the former were feeding on the College sports pitch.
YELLOWHAMMER, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and GOLDCREST were all good species to see and enjoy, as were the three raptor species of KESTREL, SPARROWHAWK and the birds of the day, the pair of PEREGRINES (68), which were watched circling the village tower for a few minutes before flying off SE, seemingly finding nowhere suitable to perch on the covered building. These were a new species for February, and takes this months species tally to 68, a new February record has been set!! :-)
This afternoon, after a failed attempt to locate an off patch, but nearby drake Smew, I spent an hour in the garden just enjoying the sunshine with the Bees and birds :-)
|Bumbles bees 'drunkenly' staggering over the Crocus'|