Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Three hours out this morning, in intermittent rain, plus another 2 out this afternoon, in showery rain, didn't add any further species to my March or year lists.

I found a few nice patch species though, with CORMORANT at the main lake, the TAWNY OWL, which hooted twice from the Scrubby Woods and a SPARROWHAWK that flew through the Wet Woods, none of these species were seen on yesterdays huge list, so that's 58 species in two days, i've only recorded 63 all month!

Once again I had the thrill of watching a RED KITE fly over Migrant Alley, on the same track as yesterdays bird, but was it the same individual? Other flyovers included a pair of GREY HERONS, a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL, 2 SKYLARKS, 2 MEADOW PIPITS and a YELLOWHAMMER.

The KESTREL pair at the Greenhouse Grounds and a pair of BUZZARDS soaring over the Wet Woods took todays raptor species tally to four, five if you count the LITTLE OWLS that were both seen in the Greenhouse Copse  :-)

Of the winter thrushes, just 4 REDWING were seen and 60+ FIELDFARE, these feeding on the bean fields adjacent to High House Lane.

The weather looks more reasonable tomorrow, so maybe i'll get my first passage migrant pass through Migrant Alley, a Wheatear would be nice!

Only a couple of images from yesterday to show.............

My first Red Admiral Butterfly of the year


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