Saturday, 2 November 2013

The rain stopped just before dawn this morning, leaving a legacy of dripping trees and large puddles of standing water. A brief 2 - 3 minute spell of brightness was just a tease, as the 3 hour walk was again, as in recent visits, undertaken under some gloomy skies...........but....... at least it wasn't windy!

There were few highlights to mention for todays visit, which produced just 37 species, that, despite adding 4 more species to the months list  :-(  The first of those was a flyover GREY WAGTAIL (44) which crossed Ashes Lane first thing, and the second was a MISTLE THRUSH (45) that was heard singing over in the Scrubby Woods, later in the visit a group of 5 flew over the Ashes Lane Field.

The KINGFISHER and CORMORANT were seen with the more regular MALLARDS and MOORHENS at the Lakes, but the Mute Swans had gone elsewhere. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had a few REDWING (46) moving through it, also seen there was a flock of LONG TAILED TITS, a NUTHATCH,  2 COAL TITS, and 2 GOLDCRESTS, at least 6 BULLFINCH were noted feeding on Blackberry seeds.

The Ashes Lane Field, Pub Field and Migrant Alley were extremely disappointing today, mostly due to various disturbances, but I did find a LITTLE OWL (47) perched in the old shack at the Ashes lane Field, it was being pestered by Long Tailed Tits, GOLDFINCH and GREAT TITS. Even the Greenhouse Grounds were poor today,  the migrant workers there had loud dance music banging out from their mobile homes, which obviously wasn't to the taste of the local birdlife as it had all left the area, apart from the KESTREL pair which sat and listened from their usual perches nearby  :-)

Once again the camera was redundant in the poor light this morning, I dont think ive picked it up since early this week! Just these BLUE TIT photo's left in the 'Blog Folder' now  :-(
Blue Tit, laying claim to a peanut
A few quick pecks at it
Then off into cover to finish it off  :-)


Marc Heath said...

That last shot looks like a magic trick to me. I don't think I can do that with a peanut on my nose!

Warren Baker said...

I dont think i'll capture an image like that again any time soon :-)

eileeninmd said...

What a cute bird, love the photos!