Sunday 19 April 2015

It was a mostly overcast morning, with just a few small glimpses of sunshine and a cold NE wind, making it feel not particularly pleasant for todays 3 hour patch visit.

I found 45 species without covering all of my patch, not a bad tally, but nothing was new for the month or year lists. A few notable bits and pieces were found, like the small gathering of Gulls on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, which was made up of 5 HERRING, 2 LESSER BLACK BACKED, and 3 BLACK HEADED GULLS. The LITTLE OWL assumed it's position at the Greenhouse Copse and the female KESTREL was at the entrance to it's nest box at the Greenhouse Grounds, where I saw the WHITETHROAT again, hopefully it will find somewhere to breed, but after all the scrub removal over winter, it may just have to move on.

Two BUZZARDS were up early, they flew across the Ashes Lane Fields as I passed through them on my way to the lakes and wooded areas of my patch, where I found singing GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, STOCK DOVE, SONGTHRUSH, BLACKCAP and CHIFFCHAFF as well as calling BULLFINCH, LONG TAILED TITS and NUTHATCH, there were also sightings of GREEN and GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER along with all the regular common stuff.

The lakes had the nesting CANADA and GREYLAG GEESE as well as the nesting MALLARD, the MUTE SWANS were feeding, but seemed to have stopped thinking about nesting for the time being, apart from those it was down to a few MOORHENS, the Coots look to have moved on for sure now, not having been seen since the 10th April.

No luck with the camera today, but ive got a few Grey heron images that were taken earlier this week.

Grey Heron


Wilma said...

You can never have too many herons.

Warren Baker said...

Quite right Wilma!