Saturday, 7 December 2013

It was good to get out early for a full patch walk this morning, the weather continues to be stuck in the still and overcast conditions, which is not really going to bring much of a change in the bird species here, and despite being out for much of the morning a low total of just 39 species was recorded.

JACKDAW, WOODPIGEON, STARLING, CHAFFINCH, ROBIN, and HOUSE SPARROW were the first species on my list as I walked along Ashes lane towards the Small Holding, where DUNNOCK, BLUE TIT, WREN, BLACKBIRD and GREAT TIT were added. The Wet Woods was very still, and only MOORHEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER found their way into my notebook.

Reaching the lakes and Scrubby Woods I found both habitats less busy than my recent late morning visits, the MUTE SWAN pair and 18 MALLARDS brought the mornings species tally to just 15. The Scrubby Woods added GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, MISTLETHRUSH, COAL TIT, BULLFINCH and JAY, while overhead a pair of CORMORANTS circled the lakes.

Out on the Ashes Lane Field 8 MAGPIES were seen, and the old shack there was home to the LITTLE OWL, the adjacent Pub Field had 3 BLACK HEADED GULLS quartering over it, with around 40 ROOKS feeding on it, but not the hoped for Lapwing.

A circuit of Migrant Alley looking across the pasture and Paddocks gave me CARRION CROW and HERRING GULL for the days tally, both flyovers, plus a lone MEADOW PIPIT that flew up from the pasture.

I finished up at the Greenhouse Grounds and the associated Greenhouse Copse, which added the final nine species for the morning, they were, SONGTHRUSH, the only FIELDFARE of the morning, GREEN WOODPECKER, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLDFINCH, LESSER REDPOLL, PIED WAGTAIL, COLLARD DOVE and KESTREL.

I think a change in the weather is needed to shake things up a bit here!
I took these Nuthatch images yesterday from my garden
I wasn't going to post them because of that screw in the background! its all I have though!!


Marc Heath said...

I wouldn't have noticed it if you had not said anything Warren. Would like to photograph one of these on the patch, a real Mega it would be.

Mike H said...

Great Nuthatch shots very jealous. Like Marc it took me a while to see it.

Wilma said...

Love the nuthatch shots, screw and all. Your banner photo of the woodpecker is terrific.

Anonymous said...

It`s forecast to be another mild week ahead, Warren. So it looks like you`re going to have to wait for that change in the weather.