Friday, 13 March 2015

High cloud obscured the sunshine this morning, but it remained dry with light winds, so felt pleasant enough.

I carried out a 5 hour full patch walk, which yielded a better than average total of 45 species and again included a CHIFFCHAFF, this one being seen in the Wooded Headland at Migrant Alley, where out on the sheep pasture the 100+ strong flock of BLACK HEADED GULLS were seen again, but no other gull species were with them.

There was much singing and calling heard from the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods, loudest of all was a crowd of REDWING in the Scrubby Woods, at least 40 were present, but it sounded like hundreds!  GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, STOCK DOVE, JAY, GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN WOODPECKERS, plus more unusually a calling TAWNY OWL were the other more notable species recorded from the woods..

The lakes had just four CANADA GEESE visiting the regular MUTE SWAN and COOT pair, but only 1 pair of MALLARD were seen and only 1 MOORHEN, these have mainly re located to the Wet Woods where they nest.

Flyover species recorded whilst out and about included MEADOW PIPIT, PIED WAGTAIL, SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER, HERRING GULL and GREYLAG GOOSE, plus the raptor species of SPARROWHAWK, KESTREL and BUZZARD were all in hunting mode over the area.

Blog brighteners courtesy of my garden again, where a Treecreeper showed up, I didn't get it on camera though unfortunately!


Long Tailed Tit


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