Wednesday, 18 February 2009

I only had an hour or so this afternoon, so I only visited the small holding, wet woods and lake area. Although it was grey and dismal weather wise, ( no pics today) the LITTLE OWL was at his perch, half in, and half out of it's hole, in the surrounding area a small flock of REDWING and 2 BULLFINCH were seen, as well as the GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS. In the wet woods it was a bit quieter than of late, not so much song was heard, but I did manage to disturb yet another WOODCOCK, the first I have ever seen on this part of my patch, also seen was a pair of TEAL which flew up from the water, and away. A feeding flock was located, which was mostly LONG TAILED TITS, but also had a TREECREEPER, and 3 GOLDCRESTS in it. I saw two seperate pairs of LONG TAILED TITS as well, it seems they are disbanding their flocks and pairing up now. At the lake there was again a dozen MALLARD, 3 MOORHEN and a pair of CANADA GEESE, but just for a change there was a pair of Teal as well, probably the ones that flew up from the woods, they are seldom seen on the lake. I looked skywards for some reason, as one does, and was surprised to see a COMMON BUZZARD soaring high, I don't normally see them over this area of my patch,it was being pestered by a SPARROWHAWK! So overall it was a useful hour spent out on my patch, tomorrow and Friday i'm on holiday, so I can get some long morning walks in, and hopefully find something new for the year list, or the one species new for the month that will give me a record February count.


Anonymous said...

Wishing you luck, Warren, on whatever tick comes your way.

Kelly said...

...hope you get that new species to break your record, exciting!

Ken. said...

Hi Warren.
Nice to get the Common Buzzard and Sparrowhawk.
Fingers crossed you get your record.I look forward to finding out.