Wednesday, 25 March 2015

There was a slight frost this morning, with variable cloud cover, giving some sunny spells from time to time.

I had a full patch walk today, once again finding an excellent array of species, 51 in all, but nothing new for the year of months list. There were a couple of nice species found though, with a pair of MEDITERRANEAN GULLS among the 100+ BLACK HEADED GULLS that continue to feed on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, also, amazingly, I had another sighting of a RED KITE over Migrant Alley, it may well be the same birds as seen on the last two patch walks, but who knows!

Around 60 FIELDFARES were still on the paddocks, with just one REDWING being seen with them, the LITTLE OWLS called from the Greenhouse Copse, but went unseen, plus the KESTREL pair were watched as they mated on the Greenhouse Rooves. The two local BUZZARDS were see on different occasions over my patch, but later, whilst sky watching I saw more single Buzzards, pairs, threes and groups of four on all horizons! The same sky watch produced sightings of flyover GREY HERON, MEADOW PIPIT, YELLOWHAMMER, SKYLARK, LINNET and PIED WAGTAIL of note.

All the regulars except the Nuthatch were recorded either in the Wet Woods or Scrubby Woods, the best of those being GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, CHIFFCHAFF, MISTLETHRUSH, TREECREEPER, GOLDCREST, BULLFINCH, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, STOCK DOVE and JAY, whilst the lakes were good for the usual MUTE SWAN, COOT, MALLARD, MOORHEN, GREYLAG GOOSE and CANADA GOOSE, plus yet another Buzzard that looked over the main lake from the top of a tree    :-)

Despite carrying the camera around on my shoulder for the 6 hours, I never got a chance of photographing anything, but thats the way it goes sometimes  :-)

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