Thursday 5 January 2017

 A bit of sunshine, but for how long?

A few bits and pieces to report from this mornings frosty, but sunny visit to the lakes, which were almost entirely frozen over, so just a few MALLARDS were seen standing on the ice. There were however flyovers from firstly a GREY HERON, then a little later the first LITTLE EGRET (49) for the year, a good species to get on the list.

SPARROWHAWK, BUZZARD and KESTREL were all seen up hunting as I walked across the Ashes Lane Fields, where there are still plenty of FIELDFARE and REDWING present, along with a few MEADOW PIPIT.

With the total lack of light recently, photo's have been hard to come by, if at all! So I had a bit of a session at my garden feeders this afternoon, at this time of year the light is very transitory, plus it comes from the wrong angle ( never happy me!) Here's a couple of images I rescued from the ''delete'' button  :-)

COAL TIT, one of the 20 species to visit this afternoon



Derek Faulkner said...

That first photograph does rather contradict your almost daily complaints of habitat destruction, I can't be the only one that looks at that and thinks of all the wildlife that it must contain.

Stephen Mills said...

Great to see you got Little Egret.Always a struggle here and missing in a lot of years recently Warren.

Warren Baker said...

what can you see in the first two fields of sheep pasture ? A few Crows!!

It all looks very pretty to the human eye, but habitat it is not!

Warren Baker said...

Yes Steve, its always good to get Little Egret early on the patch list :-)

Jason K said...

Little Egret is always a good patch bird to get.

Pete Woodruff said...

A few leaves on the tree's would have made this pic appear taken in May Warren.

Derek Faulkner said...

Well I wouldn't expect to be able to see any small passerines or other wildlife at that distance. If you have a look at the Northdownsandbeyond blog for last Monday, that's what you call habitat destruction, not having a few bushes cut down, and yet Steve still manages to see a positive from it.

Lancashire and Lakeland Outback Adventure Wildlife Safaris said...

20 species in your garden in one afternoon! I only got 32 all last year and that included fly-overs!

Keep up the good work