Tuesday, 24 February 2015

The sun shone for most of my five hour full patch walk this morning, in which I recorded a little below par, 42 species, this didn't include Jay, Mistlethrush, Common Buzzard and Treecreeper, all of which could have been reasonably expected on my list today, nor for the first time this year did it include any Meadow Pipits.

Once again, nothing new was added to the month or year list, but there were plenty of birds to see - and attempt to photograph. The easier subjects were the 16 CANADA GEESE and lone GREYLAG GOOSE that were at the lakes today, with those there were a few MALLARD and MOORHEN, plus the COOT pair and MUTE SWAN pair. I enjoyed myself with the new camera in the decent light!

Mute Swan

Canada Goose

Greylag Goose


After my photographic spree, I checked the Scrubby Woods, finding GOLDCREST and COAL TIT in fine song, plus calling STOCK DOVE, BULLFINCH and LONG TAILED TITS of note. 

In the Wet Woods GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS were drumming and GREEN WOODPECKERS were calling, more Long Tailed Tits, Goldcrest and a couple of NUTHATCHES were also found, as well as the GREY WAGTAIL that was back feeding around the pools of water, I spent ages getting up close to it on several occasions, but failed to get a photo of it!

Goldcrest, almost in the light!

Out on the fields along High House Lane the 100+ FIELDFARES were feeding again, with those were 20-30 REDWING, with probably the same number of STARLING too.

The paddocks and sheep pasture at Migrant Alley had a small number of gulls today, 23 BLACK HEADED, 2 COMMON and 3 HERRING were all feeding and interacting with the large number of Corvids out there, which consisted of 150+ ROOKS, 150+ JACKDAWS  and a few CARRION CROWS scattered among them.

The only raptor seen on my visit was the female KESTREL at the Greenhouse Grounds, which was very quiet today.

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