Just 90 minutes were spent out on patch, as it became increasingly obvious I wasn't going to find any spring arriving birds, how frustrating! I have given up work with dreams of spending long spring days tracking down summer arrivals, but instead I spent most of the day doing housework!!!!! This is not what I had hoped for...... LoL :-)
What is only frustrating to me is deadly serious for the birds out there ( and other wildlife) this is the time of year when natures larder is empty, and emerging insects start to fill that gap, but the weather is so cold that the insects are few and far between. Birds should be investing energy in setting up breeding territories now, but most are still just trying to survive.
Anyway, in the 90 minutes I was out a few birds were noted, and they were few, the BLACK HEADED GULLS on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley had decreased markedly in number, just 40-50 were seen, along with 2 COMMON and a single LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.There were 43 FIELDFARE, 5 REDWING and 35 STARLINGS feeding together in a stretched out flock on another part of the pasture.
A look around the College Grounds was eerily quiet, I watched the MISTLETHRUSHES continue to nest build and a GREY HERON flew from one of the ponds, 4 GREYLAG GEESE flew low over, as did a MEADOW PIPIT. A pair of LONG TAILED TITS and a pair of GOLDCRESTS were also seen, but that was about the best of it.
Walking back the way i'd come, I noted a flyover pair of CANADA GEESE, a hunting KESTREL and a SPARROWHAWK, a CORMORANT (55) made the visit more bearable, as it was an addition to the months list, while a YELLOWHAMMER seen at the Greenhouse Grounds was the first this year to actually be on my patch rather than just flyover it :-)
Not sure if I'll do any better tomorrow, as there will be no change in the weather, just have to bide my time doing household chores for a few days, what a waste!!
This afternoon it wasn't all housework, I took a break at times, and when the Sparrowhawk was away for any length of time I managed to poke the camera out the window and into the garden at the feeders :-)
|The JAYS were frequent visitors|
|I filled the 'blog Log' with peanuts more than once|
|Three Jays emptied it in minutes though ;-)|
|A dozen CHAFFINCH'S also made frequent forays onto the Sunflower hearts, competing with the SISKINS - and most welcome to it they all are :-)|
|Long Tailed Tits came in every 20 minutes or so, up to 8 at a time fed on the fat. In any 'normal' April this would be a rare visitor|