Friday, 24 April 2015

Dense fog this morning wiped out out the most productive part of the day, the fog not clearing until gone 09:00hrs, thereafter a high cloud drifted in, but it stayed bright.

In such conditions little was noted today, the KESTREL pair and the female SPARROWHAWK were hunting around the Greenhouse Grounds, where another whitethroat had turned up.

GOLDCREST, COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH, JAY, STOCK DOVE, GREAT SPOTTED and GREEN  WOODPECKERS, plus a couple each of BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF were all located in the Scrubby Woods. On the nearby lakes the GREYLAG and CANADA GEESE are still on nests, as is a MALLARD, but there are no fledged young anywhere around the patch yet.

An hours skywatching after the fog had cleared wasn't too productive, I was hoping for an early swift or Hobby, but had to settle for a couple of distant BUZZARDS, a YELLOWHAMMER and a flypast of 5 HERRING GULLS, I was entertained by the local SWALLOWS for much of the time as they collected mud for their nests at the drainage ditch in the Greenhouse Grounds.

A poor visit..........and not a single photo!


Derek Faulkner said...

Clear blue skies, very warm and humid here on Sheppey today. Very pleasant conditions to walk round in and as well as several Greylag broods of goslings I also had the first Small Copper.

Warren Baker said...

Enjoy it whilst it lasts..........looks a bit grim next week!

Derek Faulkner said...

What an awful stop, start, season we're having and yes the next few days look quite crappy.

Warren Baker said...

Derek, just when you think you can put away the boots and wooly hat, back comes the wind and rain, I feel for the fledglings out already!