Friday 25 December 2015

A quick, two hour, Christmas day patch visit today didn't provide any avian gifts for the month or year lists.

The walk started in semi bright conditions and ended in wet and windy conditions, making for a dark and miserable Christmas afternoon outside, just as well there was some cheer at home, with a huge turkey roast and a  trifle dessert to follow  :-)

Anyway, back to the birds, which were few today, the best being the flock of LESSER REDPOLL at the Greenhouse Grounds that had returned, around 20 were seen, also 3-5 YELLOWHAMMERS were again in the rough grassland adjacent to the Greenhouse Copse and a SKYLARK trilled as it flew over. The female Kestrel was nowhere to be seen today, nor were there any other raptors found.

The LITTLE OWL was back in the old shack at the Ashes Lane Fields, where one of the overwintering CHIFFCHAFFS was found along the drainage ditch.

I visited the lakes, ever hopeful of a duck species turning up, but just a CORMORANT was of any note there. Walking back through the Wet Woods a LONG TAILED TIT flock was found, with them were the GOLDCRESTS, TREECREEPERS and a pair of COAL TITS, as I watched the feeding flock, a STOCK DOVE was heard singing further in the wood.

Not much time for any more than that today, my next visit will be on the 27th, as i'm off visiting family tomorrow.

All that is left to do now is go and digest my roast dinner in front of the telly, watching some crappy old film i've seen ten times before!, Oh! and of course to wish all the readers of Pittswood birds a peaceful and happy Christmas  :-) No pics today, the 'blog folder' has run dry............Bah Humbug!


Wilma said...

Peace and happiness to you as well, Warren.

Warren Baker said...

Ta Wilma,
Thanks for all you kind comments over the year.

Derek Faulkner said...

It wasn't bright here first thing Warren. I went down the marsh at 7.15 and it was still dark and then the best it brightened to was grey and gloomy.

Never mind, a good session of Downton Abbey to watch tonight.