Sunday, 15 March 2015

The day flattered to deceive, with bright spells first thing after dawn turning into grey and dull ones before 08:00hrs, light rain fell from time to time and a cold wind blew, very miserable weather!

Unsurprisingly, in such conditions, little evidence of spring moving forward was found, the weather forcing many passerines into cover, but song from a brave few species was heard, mostly in the Scrubby Woods, which involved TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, SONGTHRUSH, ROBIN, GREENFINCH, CHAFFINCH and DUNNOCK. A NUTHATCH was heard calling and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER drumming, but no Chiffchaffs today.

My early walk around Migrant Alley was pretty dire, just the BLACK HEADED GULL flock of 80-100 birds and a pair of CANADA GEESE were out on the sheep pasture, flyovers from CORMORANT, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, SKYLARK, YELLOWHAMMER  and a few small flocks of mixed REDWING and FIELDFARE were noted as I fruitlessly scanned the fields for a possible migrant Wheatear. The only Raptor seen today was a BUZZARD over the Wet Woods.

Photo's have run out again and with the weather looking grim again tomorrow it may take a while to re-fill the 'Blog Photo Folder'    :-(


Marc Heath said...

Chin up. This week may well bring you that awaited Wheatear.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Shame that WTE in Essex went north and not south down migrant alley! That would have given you an eclipse before next Friday!



Warren Baker said...

That would be very cheery marc :-)

Warren Baker said...

Maybe it had already passed through Migrant Alley and I missed it ! LoL