Thursday, 5 December 2013

A view North across the Ashes lane Field
A couple of hours out walking my patch from 08:00hrs was a pretty poor affair, a frost had developed overnight, but the clear skies soon clouded over and a cool, strong wind picked up as the morning went on.

As usual I visited the lakes, where the 5 stalwart species that have been seen here all this month and most of the last were again seen on the water, those being the MUTE SWAN pair, the KINGFISHER, at least 1 MANDARIN DUCK, 8 MALLARDS and 4 MOORHENS, a CORMORANT circled over but decided against joining them.

The adjacent Scrubby Woods were very subdued, only the TREECREEPER and BULLFINCH were seen of any note, but conditions were against me finding much with the wind now blowing hard.

Over on the Ashes Lane field it was mostly devoid of birds, as you can see in the above photo, not much habitat is left out there now, just a thin drainage ditch running across the middle, and the Old Shack to the right, just out of view, where the Little Owl has a territory, although it wasn't there today.

The Greenhouse Grounds were just as quiet, the strong wind making it feel very chilly as it cut across from the open sheep pasture of Migrant Alley, where there were some birds to be seen, ROOKS and JACKDAWS mostly, but also a STARLING flock of around 60 birds was present. A SKYLARK called as it flew over and 2 MEADOW PIPITS dropped down into the pasture, a few BLACK HEADED GULLS and HERRING GULLS also flew over. I headed off home back through the Greenhouse Grounds and saw the male KESTREL perched up, then checked the track where I have put out some seed, here I found where most of the birds were! Around 40 GOLDFINCH, 10 CHAFFINCH, 2 GREENFINCH, 8 BLUE TITS, 4 GREAT TITS, 2 ROBINS, 2 DUNNOCKS and 2 BLACKBIRDS all fed together, just goes to show how poor the surrounding habitat is for foraging when most of the birds have to feed on my handouts!

Nothing new seen for the month again, but i'm still not getting out as much as I would like to due the the continuing work going on at home - that will be another week yet  :-(

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