Thursday, 28 January 2016

This morning saw a slight frost, with mostly blue skies and light winds, making it feel very pleasant out.

I used the decent weather to undertake the 10th and final full patch walk of the month, where I recorded a below par total of 41 species, missing from the list, of the species that have been around in recent visits, were - Coal Tit, Lesser Redpoll, Fieldfare, Pheasant, Sparrowhawk and Kestrel, although the first two species mentioned were recorded in my garden this afternoon.

There were no new additions to the Year/Month lists, but at 64 species, it will be hard to find much more, maybe a Reed Bunting will fly over, or a duck species visit the lakes, or maybe i'll even find a Snipe or Woodcock that are so difficult to get on my patch!

Species of note that I did see today included a KINGFISHER at the lakes, 4 REDWING at the Ashes Lane Fields, where the LITTLE OWL was seen again along with 10 MEADOW PIPITS, plus the 10-15 SISKINS that are feeding in the Alders at the Greenhouse Grounds, these were joined by 4 GOLDFINCH and 2 GREENFINCH, the latter were heard giving their wheezy song for the first time this year  :-) Flyovers were few, but included a single SKYLARK, a skein of 4 CANADA GEESE plus a few BLACK HEADED and HERRING GULLS.

The Siskin were giving some nice views

But not always in the best light!

Rarely does everything fall into place in photography though!

As expected, LONG TAILED TIT, BULLFINCH, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, GOLDCREST, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, STOCK DOVE, JAY, MISTLETHRUSH and SONGTHRUSH, along with the common regular species were all seen in the wooded parts of my walk. The only raptor seen today were two BUZZARDS up high over Migrant Alley.

This Songthrush was singing in the Alders, above the feeding Siskin


Pete Woodruff said...

'Rarely does everything fall into place in photography'....But it often does Warren, in any case you got some good shots today in the circumstances.

Warren Baker said...

It's hard work :-) Thanks for your support though!