Wednesday, 6 May 2015

The forecasted heavy showers and strong gusty winds duly arrived for today, making for another very uninspiring patch visit.

An early walk around Migrant Alley,  provided a few birds of note, one being a LESSER WHITETHROAT that was heard singing from the Wooded Headland to the north of the paddocks, where the LINNET and STARLING flocks were again seen, there were also a small gathering of HERRING GULLS on the nearby sheep pasture, with them was an immature LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL.

 Herring Gulls on the sheep pasture

A pair of BULLFINCH were seen in the Greenhouse Copse, along with the LITTLE OWL, both giving me a chance of a photograph.

Bullfinch at the Greenhouse Copse

Little Owl also in the Greenhouse Copse

A WHITETHROAT could just just about be heard as I passed the Greenhouse Grounds and the male KESTREL was seen perched on one of the greenhouses, looking bedraggled and windblown, not unlike myself at that point!

I had a pretty pointless walk through the Wet Woods and Scrubby Woods, as little could be heard in the blowing gale, which had increased from earlier, the only notable bird seen was a BUZZARD which flew from the Scrubby Woods. A scan over the lakes was made, but just 4 CANADA GEESE and 3 MALLARDS were seen, i'd be very surprised to see anything of interest on the water until Autumn now, I took the Coot and Mute Swan pair for granted when they were here!

A sky watch from my seat was not very productive, just a single SWIFT was the best of it !

Tomorrow looks like being a better day, as the winds are meant to die away, but it still looks far from being the beginning of summer  :-(


Derek Faulkner said...

Beginning of next week is looking good at the moment Warren.Just remember not to complain about the heat should a few consecutive hot days ever happen.

Warren Baker said...

It would be typical for the weather to go from one extreme to the other! Just normal will do me, not too hot, not too cold and not too bloody windy!!!!

Derek Faulkner said...

Perfect worlds rarely exist.

Marc Heath said...

Cracking 2nd Bullfinch photo, very nice pose. Like you, hoping tomorrow is better, just hope I can get out after work.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Bloody wind!!!