Tuesday, 25 March 2014

All change with the weather this morning, it was dull and overcast with a steady light rain falling, I thought maybe it would be good for bringing down any overflying migrant birds that may be passing, so headed off over to the fields and paddocks of Migrant Alley.

I made a circuit of the paddocks and sheep pasture but found absolutely nothing  :-( Even the Black Headed Gulls had moved elsewhere, I suppose it's still a bit early yet for most of the passage birds though.

Getting wetter by the minute, I decided to have a quick look over at the lakes, barely finding any birds on the way, not even the Little Owl was in the old shack, I did see the SPARROWHAWK up high though.

On the lakes there were 4 CANADA GEESE with the resident nesting pair, 2 GREYLAG GEESE, the MUTE SWAN and COOT pair, plus the usual scattering of MALLARDS and MOORHENS, nothing unusual. A REDWING called from a bankside tree, it could be a last sighting date of this species for the winter, as it was in 2008/09, in 2011/12 the the last Redwing sighting was on the 24th March, so a note was made  ;-)

Very little was seen or heard in the Scrubby Woods or the Wet Woods, the rain kept singing to a minimum, most of it being done by CHIFFCHAFFS, however a GOLDCREST also sang and a NUTHATCH called, two species that I didn't find in yesterdays sunshine!

After just two hours I headed home, a BUZZARD was soaring over the Wet Woods as I looked back, and the SKYLARK I photographed yesterday was on the same perch, but I wasn't seeing much else at all. It must have been poor out there, as I spent the rest of the morning at home cleaning the oven and grill!!!!!

Nothing for the camera today in the poor conditions, so here's a few images taken here over the past week.
WHEATEAR
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LESSER REDPOLL
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GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER
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7 comments:

Jason K said...

Oh dear...the weather sounds about as good as it is here at the mo mate!

Warren Baker said...

Suns just trying to appear Jase, typical!

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Quality snaps again Warren.
Still no news on the foxglove conundrum - thinking sawfly now

Cheers

DaveyMan

Marc Heath said...

Some lovely shots Warren, quality wise, top drawer mate.

Stephen Mills said...

Some fantastic shots Warren!

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes, more quality images here again Warren.

By the way, I was 'peed off' physically and mentally all day today.

Dean Stables said...

We had light rain/drizzle all day up here, Warren. Supposed to be improving for the weekend.