Tuesday, 20 December 2016

For the first time in days there was no fog this morning, which allowed me to undertake a full patch walk, however despite spending three hours out, then another 3 hours this afternoon, my tally of 36 bird species was a little disappointing to say the least.

The highlight of the visit was seeing a minimum of 11 YELLOWHAMMERS at Migrant Alley, utilizing a very small patch of rough grassland that had been missed by the cutting regime. A GREY WAGTAIL that flew from the Greenhouse Grounds was also a welcome sight, but the KESTRELS weren't there today, the female was seen over at the Scrubby Woods though, so she may have just changed hunting places for a while.

Not much else of note to report, around 25 MEADOW PIPITS were seen on the Ashes Lane Fields, plus most of the woodland species were found, just Stock Dove and Long Tailed Tit evaded me, as did the other semi regulars species, like Herring Gull, Pheasant, Greenfinch, Buzzard, Skylark and Siskin.



Pete Woodruff said...
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Pete Woodruff said...

Warren....Eleven Yellowhammer, nice one. I've seen them in our area but can't remember how long ago, very localised bird.

Hope you have a very HAPPY CHRISTMAS, but don't let it get in the way of your birding.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Pete,
The 11 Yellowhammers represent the highest number seen here for 3 years!