Saturday 8 December 2007

A 3hr visit around my patch this am was finished just as the heaviest rain started to fall. Early on it was dry and still, a couple of GREY HERON fed in the soaked wheat field and as I walked on to the golf course two GREY LAG GEESE were grazing the rough. The first this month, and the only sighting since September. Another new species for the month was a single SISKIN, feeding, where else, but in the alders. The Lake area is now quiet again after the landscaping works, and 3 CORMORANT fished on the larger lake, but there was little else there but a few MALLARD and MOORHEN, I don't think this place will hold quite the same attraction for the wildlife now. A party of LONG TAILED TITS were located in the waterlogged woods, with their attendent BLUE and GREAT TITS, as well as a couple of GOLDCREST and 3 NUTHATCH. Along the Bourne, a KINGFISHER darted through the college grounds, cutting off the bend in the river. The total species list for the day reached 44, quite a reasonable tally for Dec.

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