Friday, 6 February 2015

A cold, moderate to strong Northerly wind blew this morning, increasing in strength as the day went on, making it very difficult to hear or see any passerines.

I spent a little over 3 hours out and visited virtually all of my patch, but only recorded a very poor tally of 36 species, most of those were early in the walk before the gale started!

I didn't add any new species to the months list, indeed there was little to note out of the ordinary at all, the FIELDFARE, REDWING and STARLING flock was still out on the Ashes Lane Fields, along with a MISTLETHRUSH pair. The lakes had almost completely defrosted, but only the MUTE SWAN pair, the lone COOT plus a few MALLARD and MOORHEN were seen there.

NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLDCREST and BULLFINCH were seen early on in the Scrubby Woods and Wet Woods, the latter habitat also had a small flock of half a dozen or so CHAFFINCH foraging on the floor.

Out on the exposed fields of Migrant Alley and around the Greenhouses, the Northerly wind was blowing a gale, making it feel absolutely freezing, despite the sunshine that was on offer, I stuck it out for around 40 minutes, noting BLACK HEADED GULL, HERRING GULL and COMMON GULL out on the sheep pasture, but nothing could be heard flying over, in fact most birds were hiding up out of the wind and cold!

Better luck tomorrow ???

The COAL TITS in my garden have been a little more obliging for the camera over the last couple of days, I do like the Coal Tit, a bird of great character  :-)

Coal Tit


Marc Heath said...

Super set of Coal Tit shots, I'd be pleased with them.

Warren Baker said...

Its good to get a Coal Tit sit still long enough to get a snap!

Pete Woodruff said...

Yes, good to get the Coal Tit to sit around long enough for photography. A good result here of this little flier which buzzes around the garden like a rocket and difficult to keep up with.

Dean Stables said...

Cracking set of Coal Tit shots, Warren.