Friday, 5 February 2016

Grey skies, a moderate SW wind and drizzle in the air.............again  :-(

Despite the grey, damp conditions, the first SKYLARK song of the year was heard, one over the Ashes Lane Fields, mixed in with the MEADOW PIPITS and two more over Migrant Alley. One of the Ashes Lane Fields was again covered in FIELDFARE and REDWING, around 250 birds in all, mostly fieldfare, with those were around 200 STARLINGS.

I recorded the first GREY HERON (57) of the month, when one flew low over the Greenhouse Grounds, so of the semi regular species to be found on my patch in February, just the Cormorant and the Tawny Owl remain unseen now, anything else will be a bonus, but a bonus there was, among the 80ish BLACK HEADED GULLS at Migrant Alley, a MEDITERRANEAN GULL (58) was found, also 3 COMMON GULLS were with them, but the only HERRING GULLS noted were a few flyovers.

In the Wooded parts of my walk there was a bit of song noted, mostly from GOLDCREST, ROBIN, SONGTHRUSH and MISTLETHRUSH, but TREECREEPER and COAL TIT were also heard, along with the STOCK DOVE.

There were 8 CANADA GEESE on the lakes again, but nothing else of note on the water today. The Kestrel pair seem to have moved off, hopefully not for long, but the other two regular raptors of BUZZARD and SPARROWHAWK were both seen hunting over the area.




Thursday, 4 February 2016


After early rain, this morning was mostly overcast, with a few bright spells, during which it felt very springlike.

I was on a mission today,  to find the two remaining regular species that can be found on my patch and add them to the months list. I found the first one -  PHEASANT (55) quickly enough, when a male was seen at the Ashes Lane Fields, where there were at least 200 winter thrushes, the FIELDFARE outnumbering the REDWING by 70-30 I reckoned  :-)

It took a little longer to find the second species - SPARROWHAWK (56) but one finally flew over Migrant Alley late in the visit, KESTREL and BUZZARD were also seen up hunting, making up the regular raptor trio to be found here. I was hoping to add the semi regular species of Cormorant and Grey Heron to the February list today, but they will have to wait for another visit - hopefully.

Other bits of note around my patch were 60 BLACK HEADED GULLS on the sheep pasture at Migrant Alley, plus a second, larger flock of winter Thrushes in a field off High House Lane, at least 250 were mixed in with 40-50 STARLINGS - quite a sight!

MEADOW PIPITS were again present at the Ashes Lane Fields, with a few more at Migrant Alley, the Wooded parts of my patch had the TREECREEPERS, GOLDCRESTS, MISTLETHRUSHES, SONGTHRUSHES, COAL TITS and STOCK DOVES all singing, plus a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was drumming, sightings of LONG TAILED TIT, NUTHATCH and a group of 5 BULLFINCH were also found.

Just 6 CANADA GEESE were on the lakes of any note this morning.

No photo's today, worse still the blog folder has run dry, I'll have to have another garden session if the sun appears!