Sunday 6 January 2008

All Quiet In The Waterlogged Woods

This morning was Sunny and bright, with a touch of frost, and a pleasant 3hr walk round my patch produced a pleasing total of 47 species. The LITTLE GREBE remained on the lake, with a GREY HERON and a few MALLARD. A SPARROWHAWK flew low over the waterlogged woods, not surprisingly it was all quiet there. On the sheep pature and paddocks at migrant alley a dozen LAPWING and a few BLACK HEADED GULLS were about and two HERRING GULL flew over with a COMMON GULL - new for January. I found the four LINNETS on the edge of the car park at the college, also in the college grounds was a couple of GOLDCREST. Back through migrant alley 3 SKYLARK and two MEADOW PIPIT were seen.


Long Tailed Tit



Black Headed Gull
Later in the afternoon I did some garden watching, and added COAL TIT to the day list, and, a new species for the month, as a pair of COMMON BUZZARDS were seen soaring high.I watched them go over, and out of sight NE towards Royden Church (East Peckham).


Dan Salter said...

Hi Warren
Im a mature student studying Countryside Management at degree level at Hadlow and im a keen birder and nature watcher.I enjoy reading your blog and just wondered if you could tell me what and where is migrant alley?

Kingsdowner said...

Nice pics of Long-Tailed and Goldcrest - elusive critters when you've got a camera.

Warren Baker said...

Hi Dan,
Migrant alley is a series of fields, (sheep pasture and horse paddocks) They are located on the footpath between ashes lane and the riding stables. The footpath is hemmed in by sheep fencing on both sides,and looks like an ''alley''. Each spring and and autumn these fields are a stop off point for migrant birds. Hope this helps!

Steve said...

Nice one of the waterlogged woods and Goldcrest Warren...

Adam said...

Hi Warren

You've got some good pics from toady - like the Goldcrest and Waterlogged woods.


Warren Baker said...

Thanks for the encouragement guys! Nice to know my efforts are enjoyed. I recipricate your comments