Monday, 17 November 2014

Just a short 90 minute patch visit was possible this morning, where in mostly cloudy conditions I didn't add any more new species to the months list, any more will be hard won now I think!

The only visitor on the lakes was a lone CORMORANT, it joined the now established COOT pair, the MUTE SWAN family, 6 MALLARDS and 8 MOORHENS. The adjacent Scrubby Woods had a flock of around a dozen LONG TAILED TITS present, with these were the usual followers of BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER and GOLDREST, there has been no sign of the Marsh Tit that was here last Thursday though.

A COMMON BUZZARD was seen flying from the Ashes Lane Fields to the Pub Field, the KESTREL pair were also hunting around the Ashes Lane Fields where there was just one MEADOW PIPIT noted today.

The Greenhouse Grounds had plenty of WRENS, DUNNOCKS, ROBINS, BLACKBIRDS and a couple of PIED WAGTAILS, also the LINNET, seen yesterday, was present again, feeding with the flock of around 30 GOLDFINCHES. The boundary hedgerow had two FIELDFARE and a single REDWING feeding on the haws, but the find of the day was a party of YELLOWHAMMERS, 11 birds in all, the most seen here for many years now, a fantastic sight with all their yellow and chestnut plumage brightening the dull conditions  :-)

The STARLING flock on the sheep pasture had increased to around 300 birds, but nothing else of note was out there today.


1 comment:

Marc Heath said...

Beautiful Goldfinch shots Warren. Super lighting.