Tuesday, 11 March 2008

The weather had improved this morning, and as I walked to worked it was sunny and mild. The usual FIELDFARE flock was on the manure spread field, but they had increased in number to around 400min. The REDWING seemed to have forsaken the pasture and the fieldfare, to be amongst the SONGTHRUSH and BLACKBIRDS that were feeding in the college grounds, several small groups of 4-5 birds were seen. Two GREY LAG GEESE flew over towards the lake area.
On the return walk all the Fieldfare were gone, and I got another soaking! At least 3 SKYLARKS braved the rain and increasing westerly wind, to deliver thier magic song. Once home I decided to stay and watch the garden and its vacinity. Although a good variety came in to feed (17 species) It was still mostly ones and two's of each, but GREENFINCH and CHAFFINCH did peak at 8 each. Of the 10 species seen outside the garden the most noteable was a CORMORANT, seen gliding down to the lake area, and a PHEASANT, just outside the wet woods. The good thing about this time of year is that you get an evening chorus, and as I write this I can here Blackbirds and Songthrush's singing from their promenent perches, high up on chimneys and tops of trees.
Hopefully I can get out tomorrow, and try to find the first Chiffchaff of the year or maybe a Blackcap.

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