|Sunrise, a few minutes later, can you see the sunspots ? At least thats what I think the two black marks are on the sun :-)|
Other noteworthy finds included a flyover BUZZARD, and 36 LAPWING that were again seen on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, 4 MISTLE THRUSHES were also on the field. The 30+ strong flock of MEADOW PIPIT crossed the lane from the Greenhouse Grounds to the Tree Nursery, fleeing the KESTREL. The pair of COOTS remained on the ice bound lake, but how long can they stay, without open water ?
TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, and LONG TAILED TIT were found in more than one part of my patch, and at last a few FIELDFARES were seen, albeit only flying over, 3 small flocks of around a dozen birds headed SE. More frost expected tonight, but not as severe as the night just gone, so the lakes will not help in incrementing my year or months list, it's here that I would most likely add something if the water was open! Februarys' total is going along quite nicely though, with 60 species, which is the joint fourth best February out of 11, Feb. 2010 ended on 60 species, but I hope to pass that :-) I still need another 8 species to beat the record set in February 2009 though!
As I got home, a few Siskin flew from my Garden feeders, and later I photographed one of them, this is the 26th species to come to my garden this month, the joint best tally for February, 2009 and 2011 having the same tally.
Photo's today..........of varying quality!
|Foraging female BLACKBIRD|
|Same Blackbird as above.|
|Two distant male Reed Buntings in the hedgerow besides the wildbird crop|
|The friendly ROBIN.....................again!|
|Siskin, male at feeders|