Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Much of this morning was a complete write off, a strong, gusty NW wind brought in increasingly heavier rain showers, which had me abandoning my patch visit after only an hour or so.

I checked the lakes, which had nothing of note apart from the lone, long staying COOT, but with the noise of the wind rattling through the woods it was just impossible to pick up any woodland passerines.

Out on the Ashes Lane Fields the MISTLETHRUSH pair were seen again, and the overwintering flock of MEADOW PIPITS rose and settled again, hard to say how many but at least 15 were there.

The KESTREL pair were hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds and a COMMON GULL was out amongst the much smaller group of BLACK HEADED GULLS on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley. The NW wind may well shake things up a bit for the rest of the month, I might just squeeze in Lesser Redpoll or Siskin for the months list, hopefully it will remain reasonably dry out there.

Kestrel at the Greenhouse grounds - on one of the more benign winters days we had last week  :-)


Wilma said...

Too bad the weather was not more cooperative. Love that kesterl, though.

Pete Woodruff said...

Warren....Looks like the rest of this week is going to be a write off as far as birding is concerned, wind, rain, snow, the lot by the sounds of it.

What will I do....HELP!!

Warren Baker said...

I'm sure it wont be as bad as the forecasters say, these winds could turn up something interesting ??