Tuesday, 23 April 2013

I made a 3 and a half hour Full Patch walk this morning, when after some initial cloud, it turned sunny and warm - a joy to be out  :-)

During the visit a total of 46 species were recorded, no new migrant species were among them though, however the sunshine brought out some song from the ones that are here, CHIFFCHAFF, and BLACKCAP sang from the College Grounds, Wooded headland and Scrubby Woods, whilst SWALLOWS skimmed over the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, where the only WHITETHROAT of the day was also seen in one of the hedgerows there.

Song from TREECREEPER and calls from NUTHATCH, as well as drumming from GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were heard in the Wet Woods. On the lakes today 3 pairs of CANADA GEESE were present, with the 2 pairs of GREYLAG GEESE, the COOT pair were feeding 3 young, and that's all that remain of the original 6.

BUZZARD, SPARROWHAWK, and KESTREL were seen on numerous occasions, and a LITTLE OWL was heard at the Small Holding ( another was seen in the Greenhouse copse on a subsequent short afternoon visit)

Peacock Butterfly and Large White Butterfly were added to the Butterfly list today, which totals 6 species for this year, while at my garden feeders a pair of SISKINS are still visiting  :-)

The shortened walk this morning was due to me having an ''off patch'' visit to Bough Beech resevoir later in the morning  :-)

Goodies encountered there were the likes of Tufted Duck, Shellduck, Shoveler Duck, Gadwall, Mandarin Duck, and Great Crested Grebe, most of which are very rarely encountered on my patch ! Also my first Lesser Whitethroat for the year was heard, as well as song from a Cuckoo. A Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a few Swallows and  House Martins were the only other summer migrants seen, in a very pleasant couple of hours out.

here's a few photo's of the day  :-)
This Grass Snake was in a hedge under a feeding station
Grass Snake
Long Tailed Tit
Coot
Mute Swan
Mute Swan

9 comments:

David Turner said...

Superb Grass Snake photos Warren :-)

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

What I wouldn't give for a grass snake sighting like that up here!!!!
Going to check for our invisible ones at the end of the week
Excellent pics

Cheers

DaveyMan

Phil said...

Love the Grass Snake Warren. Only seen one very briefly so far this year.

Warren Baker said...

Thanks,
David, Davyman and Phil, The snake was a lucky encounter :-)

Marianne said...

Fab stuff. It was a gorgeous day to be out (sadly I wasn't...) The Grass Snake's a stunner :)

Warren Baker said...

Cheers Marianne,
It was a rare day, being sunny, warm and windless!

Alan Pavey said...

Love the Grass Snake mate!!

ShySongbird said...

It's oddly disconcerting to find you off patch Warren! Super snake photos especially the first.

Warren Baker said...

Songbird,
I may do a few more off patch visits now I'm not working :-)