Thursday, 13 December 2012

It was less cold today, but grey and overcast, and the last of the frost was melting away as I left for my afternoon walk at 14:00hrs.

I went over to the lakes to check out the situation with the ice, it looks like it will have thawed by tomorrow, especially as its going to be wet and warm, needless to say though, there was nothing bird wise to see on here, a female SPARROWHAWK flew from the bankside trees though, carrying some sort of Thrush species. The only bird of note seen at the adjacent Scrubby Woods was a KESTREL.

Before reaching the lakes I passed through the Wet Woods, the pools of water are frozen here too, but up in the tree tops a feeding flock of around 15 LONG TAILED TITS, 3 GOLDCRESTS, a couple each of GREAT and BLUE TITS plus a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER were seen, just a few JAYS, WOODPIGEON and ROBINS were the only other birds seen in the woods.

A nice surprise was seeing 18 LAPWING in the field of sheep pasture that lies between the Wet Woods and Tree Nursery, with them were 14 STARLINGS, and two FIELDFARE, the most birdlife seen on this field all year! The Tree Nursery was good for GREEN WOODPECKERS, as well as BLACKBIRDS, SONGTHRUSHES and DUNNOCKS, but no Meadow Pipit or Goldcrest today, as usual the Kestrel pair were busy hunting here again, three Kestrels for the day is good news  :-)

I finished up at the Greenhouse Grounds, where LESSER REDPOLL, SISKIN and GOLDFINCH flew around, but none were feeding in the Alders, other than that it was another short and quiet visit.

No photo's today  :-(  and the blog folder is empty again, could be a while now before the camera comes out looking at the up coming weather!


Anonymous said...

"less cold" wish it was up here Warren. Never got above -2 up here all day.

Warren Baker said...

Well that's less cold than yesterday :-) LoL

Anonymous said...

-5 to start off with tho :(

Jason K said...

It is slightly milder here today too Warren but it's bloody raining!