A GREY HERON that flew over Ashes Lane first thing was the first species seen today that I added to yesterdays species list, the second addition to that list was a real bonus species though, I had reported yesterday about being 90% sure about seeing a Redstart at Migrant Alley, but it had been flushed off before I could 100% ID it, but today I refound the bird, and this time got good views, it was in fact a BLACK REDSTART (73,68) I even got some very dodgy photo's of it, what a fantastic find for my patch, it's just the fourth spring record here, in this, the 13th year of watching my patch and the 6th year that this species has been recorded, brilliant!
|Black Redstart -These photo's wont win any awards!|
|But they are a couple of the most exciting images in my collection :-)|
Hopping over the fence to into the Ashes Lane Field, I again saw the LITTLE OWL pair, one in the old shack and one sitting in the nearby nest box, just as yesterday. A couple of MEADOW PIPITS and a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL went over as I crossed the field to get to the Scrubby Woods and Lakes.
On the main lake the CANADA GOOSE was nest sitting, and on the ornamental lake the MUTE SWAN pair continue nest building, with the COOT pair for company, the small lake joined the nesting theme when a GREY LAG GOOSE was seen on its nest there.
|Coot. Still rubbish light for photo's, but I'm running out of 'Blog Brighteners'|
I made my way through the Small Holding and back down Ashes Lane, via the Wet Woods, which was relatively quiet today, apart from drumming GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, squawking JAYS and a pair of MANDARIN DUCKS, the male of which I photographed, a grainy image, but a high ISO had to be used in the dimly lit woods.
As I left for home the female KESTREL was seen on a telephone pole along Ashes Lane, the sixth species seen today that wasn't on yesterdays list, thats 56 species recorded in two days, all very encouraging, making for another very enjoyable patch walk!