Saturday, 28 April 2012

The penultimate full patch walk for April was a thoroughly wet one, and proved to be a rather disappointing affair consequently. There was a bit of a surprise at the lakes however when a Red Breasted Goose was seen amongst the 17 CANADA, 6 GREYLAG, and lone feral BARNACLE GOOSE, but I have to draw the line somewhere in counting these ''plastic'' escapes as patch ticks, and I wont be counting this one! A check on the Coots was a bit worrying, as the whole family were not seen, hopefully they were hiding from the weather.

In the Scrubby Woods a CUCKOO sang constantly, but yesterdays newly arrived Garden warbler was not located, the only other spring birds here were the CHIFFCHAFFS and BLACKCAPS. New spring arrivals were not forthcoming on other parts of my patch either today, and only SWALLOW, around the College Stables and WHITETHROAT at the Greenhouse Grounds were recorded.

The only raptor seen was one of the KESTRELS, and the only Gull species was a HERRING GULL. A sky watch in some pretty heavy rain only produced a GREY HERON and a SKYLARK, which took the day list to 45 species - if I include the Red Breasted Goose!  Not a good day out at all really  :-( Tomorrow looks even worse as far as the rain and wind are concerned, effectively writing off the end of April,  I may have to limit myself to some kind of sky watch from cover Early tomorrow morning  :-( 

The camera stayed at home, but I forgot to put this Whitethroat photo up yesterday, so i'll use that to brighten the page  :-)


Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

Bad weather all round then Warren - but probably better than tomorrow :-(



ShySongbird said...

Grotty here too and set to be worse tomorrow :-(

Lovely Whitethroat photo Warren. If I don't get one this year I'll be well miffed!

Warren Baker said...

I'm just about all out of enthusiasm for this spring :-(

Anonymous said...

Regards the R-B Goose, Warren. You have a conscience after all ;-)

Jason K said...

Just catching up on your posts Warren. Interestingly enough I had my first patch Garden Warbler of 2012 at Shenstone yesterday

ort said...

Soon the sun will rise and the days will be more usable
Sylvia communis fantastic the last day

kirstallcreatures said...

Super whitethroat photo, I'm hoping for a cuckoo hearing/sighting this year.Saw one last year at Rutland Water Leicestershire but couldn't get a pic at the time.