Friday, 7 March 2014

I didn't get out for a patch visit until 10:00hrs today, as I had to wait in for a parcel pick up, by that time of course bird activity had declined, and the local dog walkers would have flushed up anything interesting.

I spent 3 hours out though, a lot of that time was occupied by me watching the BUZZARDS, three were overhead locally, but there always seemed to be another on any distant horizon, what an excellent return to our countryside they have made  :-)  A few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS were also noted in the sky, but generally it was devoid of birds.

I visited the lakes briefly, and found the third COOT had returned, it was on the small lake, along with the feral BARNACLE GOOSE and 12 CANADA GEESE. The MUTE SWAN pair were with the pair of Coot on the ornamental lake, but the main lake was empty, except for a pair of MOORHEN not one Mallard was there today! The tall trees around the banks of the main lake had a small number of both REDWING and FIELDFARE in them, I don't think I will be recording these winter thrushes much longer, an early exit back north is on the cards this year I reckon.

A walk across the Pub Field, normally an empty field, had some interest today, as at least 20 STOCK DOVES flew from it, a big number for here, normally they turn up in ones and two's. A circuit of Migrant Alley was also made, where I got in some practice at scanning the fence posts, ready for a possible migrant visitor, to early yet though, just the ROOKS, JACKDAWS and WOODPIGEONS were seen, a couple of MEADOW PIPITS got up from the sheep pasture, as did a couple of SKYLARKS, other than that it was all very quiet birdwise.

I've still got a few photo's from the 'blog folder' - just as well, as I didn't get anything performing for the camera today.


Marc Heath said...

Nice set of sunny shots, it's the weeeeekkkkeeeennnddd!!!!! Just looking forward to a bit of birding and maybe a few shots.

Warren Baker said...

Sunshine and favourable winds are forecast Marc, might get my first chiffy :-)

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

10am was earlier thab I managed today Warren.
Willow warbler heard near nature reserve this morning, swallow nearby yesterday...they're sneaking in!!!



Warren Baker said...

Let one ''sneak in'' here pretty soon :-)

José Ramón said...

Cute images on your blog my congratulations. regards

Glenn Welch said...

Hi Warren. Popped over to Pittswood to try and show my son the little owl this morning but no luck.
Is it the wrong time of year, day (10am) or were we just unlucky?

Warren Baker said...

Hi Glenn,
I didn't see it there today either Glenn, but there was one on the old shack across in the other field.

I think you were a bit unlucky though, there is normally one in that tree, but they are getting near breeding time now so they do become a bit more elusive ;-)

Glenn Welch said...

Thanks. I tried the old shack as well but sadly no luck for me there either!