Friday, 2 November 2012

I covered most of my patch today, only leaving out the College Grounds as they get so busy during the week, none-the-less I recorded a reasonable total of 44 species, 6 of those were new for the November list.

The COOT (44) was the first of those, it was relocated at the Lakes after not showing yesterday, a couple of BULLFINCH (45) were heard in the adjacent Scrubby woods, where a REDWING (46) was also seen atop of an Oak tree.

It took an hour or so to find another species to add to the November list, but I at last found a PHEASANT (47) over at the Greenhouse Grounds, where I was again pleasantly surprised by two fly over SWALLOWS, making these the latest to be recorded on my patch. I continued to sky watch whilst I walked a circuit of Migrant Alley, and saw a small flock of 8 FIELDFARE (48) fly through, shortly followed by a pair of YELLOWHAMMERS (49), a species that is rapidly only being recorded as a flyover here unfortunately  :-(

As well as the monthly additions, the likes of BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK, and KESTREL were seen today, plus SISKIN and LESSER REDPOLL, a pair of the latter were feeding in Alders at the Greenhouse Grounds. A chance meeting with a Weasel was a nice non-avian treat, it was encountered in the Greenhouse Copse as I waited fruitlessly for one of the two TREECREEPERS seen high up in an Oak, to get near enough to photograph  :-)
DUNNOCK
GREEN WOODPECKER, looking a bit like the ''morning after''  :-)
Weasel
Weasel
Weasel
Weasel

14 comments:

Marc Heath said...

Cracking shots Warren. You have done very well here.

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Marc,
I'd always hoped of getting a Weasel to stay still long enough to photograph :-)

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Excellent weasel pics Warren - not seen one for a few years now, nor a stoat, have had more sightings of otters recently - how mad is that!

Cheers

Davo

Warren Baker said...

Davo,
Now an Otter I would like to photograph :-)

Greenie said...

Warren ,
Brilliant shots of the Weasel in great light .

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Greenie mate :-)

Alan Pavey said...

Great Weasel shots Warren and great light too :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes...the Weasel shots are all winners Warren, rare event, rare photographs.

Deano said...

Yeah...cracking set of photos again in this & the previous posts Warren.

Little Brown Job said...

Loving that Green Woodpecker Warren and those Weasel shots are gorgeous.

Adam said...

cute weasel

ShySongbird said...

Hi Warren, Lovely photos of the Weasel. Llike others said you had beautiful light! Just to be irritating ;-) I'm curious to know how you knew it was a Weasel and not a Stoat? The Green Woodpecker did look a bit scruffy.

Warren Baker said...

Songbird,
The Weasel is much Smaller than the Stoat. Weasels really are quite small :-)

ShySongbird said...

Thanks Warren, I have a feeling then that it is always Stoats I see at Draycote.