Monday, 7 March 2016

After a sunny, frosty start to the day, cloud slowly rolled in on a cold NW wind, giving a few light showers by the afternoon.

An early visit to the lakes didn't produce any new species for the months list, but the MUTE SWAN and COOT pair remain - two species not to be sniffed at for my patch  :-) The adjacent scrubby Woods had several small, roaming parties of BLUE TITS and GREAT TITS, some of which had GOLDCREST, LONG TAILED TIT, TREECREEPER and NUTHATCH tagging along with them.

The flock of 60-80 FIELDFARE were moving from the Ashes Lane Fields to Migrant Alley whenever they were flushed, in with them were a lone MISTLETHRUSH and 4 REDWINGS. Also flushed up from time to time, were the 100+ BLACK HEADED GULLS at Migrant Alley, but in one of their settled moments I was able to pick out 2 COMMON GULLS, a few HERRING GULLS, plus the first MEDITERRANEAN GULL (51) for the month. A pair of LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS (52) also flew over, another addition to the March list, making it an excellent five Gull species for the day  ;-).

Only the KESTREL pair were of any note at the Greenhouse Grounds, the only other raptor seen this morning was a BUZZARD that flew from the Wet Woods.

My attempted photo's of the Treecreepers and Goldcrests ended in frustration, so a picturless post again today i'm afraid !

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