Wednesday, 23 March 2016

It was back to the grey, overcast skies today, but with no wind or rain, at least it didn't feel too bad out.

A much quieter patch visit was had this morning, with not much to get excited about at all. A LINNET was again singing at the Greenhouse Grounds first thing, where the KESTREL pair were seen again, they were the only raptors I did see today.

A walk around the sheep pasture and paddocks of Migrant Alley for a hoped for early Wheatear  didn't provide one, just the BLACK HEADED GULL flock, in which, unlike yesterday, I did pick out the two MEDITERRANEAN GULLS among them. Whilst there, I heard a few MEADOW PIPITS fly over, plus a lone YELLOWHAMMER.

There were good numbers of FIELDFARE on the Ashes Lane Fields, with at least 75 feeding on the sheep pasture there, with them were 2 MISTLETHRUSH and a dozen STARLINGS.

I made the effort to look around the lakes, but now winter has passed there is even less chance of finding a different duck species on them than there normally is, so I wasn't surprised to find just the MUTE SWANS, CANADA GEESE, MALLARD, COOT and MOORHEN.

There was no sign of yesterdays Chiffchaff around the lakes, or in the adjacent scrubby Woods, but COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, STOCK DOVE, JAY, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, plus all the common regular stuff was seen there.

Usual lake dweller

Not so usual lake dweller - will they breed this spring ?

The Moorhens certainly will, but few survive.


Pete Woodruff said...

Excellent pic of your 'usual lake dweller' and it's reflection. By the way, I found my first Wheatear today.

Warren Baker said...

Wheatear Pete! I must of missed that as it went through here! :-)

Johnnykinson said...

One has landed on the Farnes today Warren. Gave you a wide birth i suspect.

Warren Baker said...

They normally do john mate!