I spent 6 hours out in all, and found 50 species eventually, a very good tally for early March, none were spring migrants though, but they will surely come :-)
All the regular species, plus the not so regular turned out today, The lakes were home to 12 CANADA GEESE, the feral BARNACLE GOOSE, the MUTE SWAN and COOT pair, plus a few MALLARDS and MOORHENS. A pair of GREY HERONS flew over the main lake, as did 3 GREYLAG GEESE, neither dropped in though.
In the Scrubby Woods GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, SISKIN, MISTLETHRUSH, JAY, and LONG TAILED TIT were all found, the Wet Woods added STOCK DOVE, which sang, and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER three of which chased about the place.
There was a LITTLE OWL in the old shack at the Ashes Lane Field, but very little out on the Pub Field, apart from 8 more Stock Doves. The sheep pasture and paddocks at Migrant Alley were disturbed by roaming packs of students, so nothing was found there, very disappointing :-( I did sit at my seat for a while though, and warmed up in the now brilliant sunshine. I watched a couple of BUZZARDS soaring low over the Greenhouse Grounds and the Copse, a KESTREL was also seen up hunting as was a SPARROWHAWK. A flock of 25 BLACK HEADED GULLS wheeled about the sky for a while and HERRING GULLS passed over in two's and three's. MEADOW PIPIT, SKYLARK and PIED WAGTAIL were moving around locally, but no Fieldfare or Redwing were seen today.
Seems that it's that ''in between time'' when winter species have mostly left, and spring ones are not quite here yet :-)
With the light improving, I went home a got the borrowed Canon 400mm prime lens, and headed back to the Grenhouse Grounds to see what it could do, here's a few images I took there....
With a proper UV filter now attached, I took the lens up to my garden shed to take some garden bird pics, which came out much better,...........at least i think so! Here's a couple for now, i'll post the others on a later post.
|Long Tailed Tit|