Sunday, 4 January 2015

I fared only slightly better this morning than yesterday morning, no rain today, but fog made for a poor 3 hour visit. I did at least find a few new species for the year list, a COMMON BUZZARD (50) brought up the 50th species for 2015 as it flew over the Ashes Lane Field, putting up at least 25 MEADOW PIPITS as it went.

A GREY HERON (51) flew from the main lake as I walked around it, but no new duck species were seen on the water, the KINGFISHER was heard but not seen.

The last of todays additions to the 2015 list was a GREY WAGTAIL (52) one was seen at the Greenhouse Grounds, where the KESTREL pair sat together on the greenhouse rooves. A party of around 8 LONG TAILED TITS were also at the Greenhouse Grounds, with them were a pair of GOLDCRESTS. A LITTLE OWL was sitting at its roost in the Greenhouse Copse and 7 REDWING flew from copse leaf litter.

Out on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, 2 COMMON GULLS were with 67 BLACK HEADED GULLS, but little else was of note apart from a flyover YELLOWHAMMER which was heard but unseen in the foggy conditions.

So the January/years list ticks along, there are still a few regulars not seen yet, Mistlethrush and Treecreeper come to mind, but i'll need a few more to reach the best January tally of 68, which has been achieved on 3 occasions, they were in the years 2009, 2011 nad 2013.

Still a few images from my garden feeders to brighten the blog, but not many left now! Looking at the weather for the next week or so, it looks like that any more images of birds will be unlikely :-(





Marc Heath said...

You're right about the weather, looks a bit shabby for next week. Me, back to work tomorrow, crap,crap and more crap!!😢

Dean Stables said...

Clear as a bell all day up here in Yorks, Warren. But it was bloody cold with it.

Warren Baker said...

I feel for you marc! :-(

Warren Baker said...

I'll take clear and cold over miserable and foggy every time mate!

Ken. said...

Nice start to your new years list, especially getting Goosander on it. Shame about the weather hindering your walks.
17 more species to set a new January record, not out of the question yet.

Warren Baker said...

Quite right Ken, lots of time yet :-)