Wednesday, 3 February 2016

There was a slight frost this morning, but the early clear skies soon began to cloud over, however, it remained a dry and reasonably bright morning.

On a full patch walk I recorded 46 bird species, which isn't bad for a February day, especially as the likes of Kestrel, Coal Tit, Long Tailed Tit, Sparrowhawk and Pheasant weren't seen, in fact the latter two species have yet to join the months list.

There were three more additions to the February list, firstly, the KINGFISHER (52), which was seen at the lakes, rather fortuitously though, as one flew across my binocular view as I looked across the main lake to check out the CANADA GEESE there. The second addition was a LITTLE OWL (53) which called from the Small Holding, the third was a GREY WAGTAIL (54) that flew from the Greenhouse Grounds.

The only raptor seen today was a BUZZARD that soared high over Bustard Hill and once again there were four Gull species present on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, those being HERRING GULL, BLACK HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL and COMMON GULL, 3 SKYLARKS were also seen on the sheep pasture.

Flyovers from LESSER REDPOLL, SISKIN, GREYLAG GOOSE and PIED WAGTAIL helped swell the days list, as did the winter thrushes of FIELDFARE and REDWING, almost every field had a small number of both species feeding on it.

Although the sun came back out late morning, I had no time to take any photo's today, as I was helping out the local ''learning disabilities group'' with whom my wife works, she invites them to come round to our house every year to use our garden for their '' RSPB Big garden Bird count'' and i'm the so called expert bird identifier  :-)

So all I have to offer photographically are these DUNNOCK images taken yesterday  :-)

1 comment:

Pete Woodruff said...

Forty six species, not bad for you on a February day as you say.

Great day up here i'nt north Warren, clear blue skies though a cold wind with it. I managed 4.5 hours and enjoyed every minute.