The snow was thawing nicely as I set off for the Lakes this afternoon, but there were still a few knee high drifts to negotiate, and of course the worsening muddy footpaths. I passed through the Tree Nursery and found a few BLACKBIRDS, and SONGTHRUSH with 3 REDWINGS, plus the regular GREEN WOODPECKERS. The adjacent sheep pasture was now home to the new generation of sheep, they will munch their way through the surrounding Butterfly and bird nesting habitat around the field edges :-( A KESTREL sat on the old shack that is in the same field, and as I tried to approach it for a photo, a LITTLE OWL flew out and alighted in an adjacent Garden, the Kestrel also flew off, alighting onto the lonesome pine tree, where I got a distant shot of it.
|Kestrel, this bird was lit from all angles by the sun and the reflective snow, making for an interesting portrait|
A COAL TIT sang from the nearby Scrubby Woods, where at least 3 BULLFINCH were seen and heard calling, and a GOLDCREST pair chased around a large fir tree there. On the way back home I stopped off in the Wet Woods, where a TREECREEPER was heard to call as well as a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER but little else of note. I recrossed the sheep pasture and saw a MISTLETHRUSH pair feeding around the lambs, while overhead a few HERRING and BLACK HEADED GULLS went over. I got home in time for some garden photo's to be taken before my evening chores had to be carried out, there was no complaining about the light levels today, in fact with the reflective snow and bright sunshine it was neccassary to try and lose some of it!
Talking of the garden birds, I had a new tick for my little plot when early this morning a ROOK came in to try its luck for some garden grub, that's the 55th species to use my garden in the 12 years i've lived here :-)
Hopefully this week we'll see the last of the wintry weather, and i'll start to see some spring birds arriving, looks like it's going to be a late spring again :-(
Here's a couple of images from the garden taken this afternoon -: