Tuesday, 30 October 2012

There was very little to report from my patch this afternoon, it's all gone a bit quiet!

The weather was mostly cloudy with just a few sunny spells and little wind for my walk over to the lakes, once again the Smal holding was good for both GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, four of the former were seen and two of the latter.
Green Woodpecker
I checked the pools of water in the Wet Woods for a possible Teal, but found none, but at least 4 MOORHENS scampered around in the tangle of branches, GREAT TIT, BLUE TIT and a distant TREECREEPER were also heard whilst I was there.

On the lakes it was the same as yesterday, apart from not finding a Kingfisher today, MALLARDS, GREY HERON and the COOT were seen again. In the adjacent Scrubby Woods I heard LONG TAILED TITS, COAL TIT and BULLFINCH. There were flyovers from yet more SISKIN and LESSER REDPOLL, very few come down to visit though.

A quick look around the Tree Nursery and Greenhouse Grounds was again much the same as yesterday, a few MEADOW PIPITS popped up from the tall vegetation in the Nursery, along with 2 more Green Woodpeckers, 2 KESTRELS were up hunting, and a few HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS flew over. The Greenhouse Grounds had the usual regulars of WREN, DUNNOCK, ROBIN, PIED WAGTAIL, BLACKBIRD and SONGTHRUSH, but there wasn't any sign of the winter thrushes today. A SPARROWHAWK flew along a line of Alders, putting up around 12 GOLDFINCH, the only other notable species were 2 MISTLE THRUSHES that flew over.

Talking of winter thrushes, as I'm off for the rest of the week i'll be doing my first winter thrush survey for the B. T. O in the morning, that will ensure there will be very few about!  ;-)

More garden photo's for today :-
Great Tit
Blue Tit


Marc Heath said...

How I would love a close up Jay shot Warren.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Marc,
You can come up and have a go in my shed if you want :-)

Ken. said...

Sorry to hear that things are a bit stale at the moment, I am sure it will buck up soon.
Good luck with your thrush survey.
Really nice photo of the garden Jay.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

I wouldn't mind the chance of a jay close up as well...only seeing distant/high fly overs here.
As for your green woodpeckers....is that really what they look like?



Warren Baker said...

The rate the GW are spreading you'll get them soon enough :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Brilliant set of garden photos Warren.

Rohrerbot said...

Great shots!!! Love your Jay that lives in your area. Very exotic variety.

ShySongbird said...

Great photos again Warren. Any photo, near or far, of a Jay would do me, I hear them but haven't seen one for ages.

Warren Baker said...

This is the year for jays Songbird, There is a real big influx of them this Autumn. I hope at some point you can get out to find one or two :-)