Sunday, 19 February 2012

There was a slight frost this morning, and it felt cold in the NW wind, however this was accompanied by early sunshine, which felt warm in the more sheltered spots.
Small Holding area
It was the best full patch walk for a long time, I didn't find any new species for the February, or 2012 list, but just about all the species that could be found were found, an incredible 52 of them! The only species that has been around in the last few visits that didn't show today was the Common Buzzard.

An early visit to the lakes via the above pictured Small Holding and Wet Woods, started the ball rolling, with more the familiar species of WOODPIGEON, STARLING, JACKDAW, CHAFFINCH, COLLARED DOVE, HOUSE SPARROW, MAGPIE, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, WREN, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, ROBIN, GREENFINCH, JAY, CARRION CROW, GREEN WOODPECKER, 14 flyover FIELDFARE and even a small party of REDWINGS  :-)

On the Lakes there were the usual MALLARD, and the now resident COOT pair, 5 pairs of CANADA GEESE, 6 MOORHEN, and the CORMORANT sitting in its Silver Birch tree, with a GREY HERON below it at the waters edge, whilst there looking over the water, a STOCK DOVE sang, then more surprisingly a TAWNY OWL hooted.
Cormorant, this is the third morning running it has sat here  :-)

The surrounding Scrubby Woods provided sightings of all the scarcer woodland species, BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, NUTHATCH,  and LONG TAILED TIT, as well as the first DUNNOCK of the day. As I was leaving the area a PHEASANT called from nearby and a pair of GREYLAG GEESE flew over.
Long Tailed Tit
Long Tailed Tit again, nice to phtograph them away from the feeders

After that lot, there wasn't alot left to add to the list as I walked through the Tree Nursery, Pub Field and Migrant Alley, but flyovers from LESSER BLACK BACKED and HERRING GULL, plus KESTREL and SPARROWHAWK out hunting kept the list ticking over. The College Grounds was much quieter today, and here I added MISTLE THRUSH, which was with 8 Redwings, GOLDFINCH, PIED WAGTAIL, KINGFISHER, and flyovers from YELLOWHAMMER, ROOK and SKYLARK. On the College Sports pitch a group of 43 BLACK HEADED GULLS with 2 COMMON GULLS were seen.

My final destination was the Greenhouse Grounds, where in the adjacent Copse, I again found the LITTLE OWLS, this time I manged some photo's, a bit twiggy, but they were in deep cover.
Little Owl
Little owl
What a great morning out, on this my last visit of my holiday! Back to reality tomorrow, work beckons!


Wilma said...

wonderful view of the little owl.

Rohrerbot said...

You. Are. Awesome. Sorry for my crude American mannerisms. I don't even care that the pics were captured a little owl. Combine that with a Coromont and some Tits(this just doesn't sound right) and you've got the perfect post. Owls have always captured my imagination. Every bird will fly my direction, but Owls elude me unless I am given hints by the locals. Every shot that I have gotten of owls this year has been from hiker tips...and with my good eye, I can spot them, but I'd like...just for once to see one without someone telling me where they are. And when that day comes, I will be a happy man. Looks like it's warming up a bit. All my best. Chris

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Wilma,
I'm glad you like it :-)

Warren Baker said...

You're too kind to me :-)
Patience and persistance are the key to finding birds, (and of course looking in the right habitat in the first place!) Stick at it and you'll find your own Owls! :-)

Steve Tomlinson said...
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Steve Tomlinson said...

Great bird count for the day Warren, also great shots of the Little Owl well done.

ShySongbird said...

Great photos again,Warren. I love the Little Owl ones. I'm another one who rarely finds owls and if I do they are too far away for a decent photo :-(

Your holiday seemed to go ever so quickly!

Marc Heath said...

Great Little Owl shots and I like that top Long tailed Tit shot. Work tomorrow as well, I can feel my smile fading!

Simon said...

Great photos Warren! I especially love the second LTT photo!

Anonymous said...

I was hoping for a Buzzard or two today, Warren. But none were to be found in the cloudless sky :-(

Alan Pavey said...

Excellent stuff Warren, really good tally, great pics again, as you say the new birds won't be far away!!

Jason K said...

Cracking little owls Warren, they still havent returned to their breeding territory on my patch yet this year...soon I hope!

P.s. Liking the new blog header photo mate