Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Another overcast and dull morning, but it was at least very mild, with little wind, making it a very pleasant autumnal full patch walk.

During the little over four hours out, I tallied up 44 bird species, not too bad for November, a pair of LITTLE OWLS (58) that called from the Small Holding Area was an addition to the months list.

A CHIFFCHAFF was again seen at the Scrubby Woods, tagging along with a flock of a dozen or so LONG TAILED TITS, which also had GOLDCREST, NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT, BLUE TIT, GREAT TIT, CHAFFINCH and ROBIN mixed in with them. BULLFINCHES called and at least three were seen, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER, JAY, STOCK DOVE, MISTLETHRUSH and SONGTHRUSH all turned out with the more common species.

Just a GREY HERON was present of any interest at the lakes, while the farmland areas of my patch attracted few species, best of what was seen there were a small flock of FIELDFARE at the Ashes Lane Fields, plus a dozen MEADOW PIPITS. There were another dozen Meadow Pipits on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley.

The Greenhouse Grounds gave me good views of the KESTREL pair, but the remains of the habitat there had little to offer today, just the usual BLACKBIRDS, PIED WAGTAILS, GOLDFINCH, WREN and DUNNOCK .

A sky watch from my seat overlooking the paddocks and sheep pasture at Migrant Alley added a few bits and pieces for the days list, with singles of SISKIN, LESSER REDPOLL, SKYLARK, LINNET and YELLOWHAMMER, plus a few HERRING GULLS and BLACK HEADED GULLS.


Ken. said...

That was a fair selection of passerines you saw. Your lucky have those Little Owls on your patch. Hope your still on schedule for your November list.

Warren Baker said...

There used to be 3 pairs here! Same old story though, disturbance has reduced it down to just the one pair now :-(