Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Another crisp and bright late autumn day, but again, due to having to see to the builders I only got a 90 minute mid morning patch walk, which was mostly spent over at the lakes and Scrubby Woods.

Not much at all was seen at the 3 small water bodies today, just the KINGFISHER of note, with only 4 MALLARDS and 2 MOORHENS being seen. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had a good number of common birds moving about in the leaf litter and the thinning canopy, these being mostly BLUE TITS, but also seen were GREAT TITS, CHAFFINCH, BULLFINCH, BLACKBIRD, SONGTHRUSH, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, with them were TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and GOLDCREST, all of which were heard to sing, as did the now daily heard MISTLETHRUSH, it felt almost like April in the more sunnier sheltered parts of the woods  :-)

I left the area and headed for the open fields, hoping to add Yellowhammer to the November list, but didn't find one - to think they used to be seen in flocks here a few years ago  :-(  A few BLACK HEADED GULLS traversed the Pub Field, and the female KESTREL was hunting along the boundary there, giving me some more images of her. I finished up at the Greenhouse Grounds, where again the disturbance of the bonfire meant little was to be seen, however the small GOLDFINCH flock were feeding in the Alders, and I noticed an over flying GREY HERON head for the lake area, a couple of SISKIN were heard calling as they flew over, but that was my lot for the day. A pleasant, but short visit, if a bit frustrating !

Here's the female Kestrel anyway.
Kestrel
Kestrel
Kestrel
Kestrel

6 comments:

Marc Heath said...

I'm only managing very brief 30 minute sessions after work to get my birding fix, roll on the Xmas holidays!!

Warren Baker said...

Any time out is better than none Marc :-)

Pete Woodruff said...

Glad you got out for a while at least Warren....I just don't like the sound of all this building work!

Warren Baker said...

Pete,
ive got ceilings down, fire places out and carpets up! Be weeks of it all yet :-(

Seumus Eaves said...

Stonking Kestrel shots Warren!

Warren Baker said...

Thanks Seumus :-)