Monday, 30 November 2015

It was dark, overcast and windy, with spits of rain in the air this morning, much the same as the previous 29 days of this month!

I was hopeful of squeezing one more new species onto the November list this morning, but the four hour visit didn't turn up anything, so the months tally ends on 67, not too bad, as it is only 3 off the record tally and is the third best November tally out of fourteen, it also equals the mean average species total for the previous 5 years. The mean average number of November species for the full fourteen years is 61, while the combined fourteen Novembers have produced a species total of 90, the latest addition to that were the BRENT GEESE that were found on the 4th.

Anyway, todays interest was again mainly focused on the Greenhouse Grounds, where there were still a score or more each of GREENFINCH and CHAFFINCH, which were joined once again by the BRAMBLING, but there were far fewer LESSER REDPOLL, with half a dozen at most. GOLDFINCH and SISKIN were few as well, with just 2 of the former and 6 of the latter being seen. Other species of note there today were the CHIFFCHAFF, the GREY WAGTAIL, 4 YELLOWHAMMER and the female KESTREL, if I can get this lot to stay for tomorrow it would kick off December species list very nicely!

I just about heard the call of MEADOW PIPITS above the wind as I crossed the Ashes Lane Field to get to the Lakes, where the only bird of note today was the COOT, now staying into it's second week, very exciting for me!

The Scrubby Woods and the Wet Woods were given a thorough looking through, where despite the noise of the wind through the trees I manged to find most of the scarcer woodland birds like COAL TIT, LONG TAILED TIT, GOLDCREST, TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, BULLFINCH, GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, GREEN WOODPECKER and JAY.

Winter thrushes were noted only as flyovers and they were few, with 8 FIELDFARE in singles or pairs, and one flock of 7 REDWING.

Once again in the poor conditions, no decent photo's were possible, so it's back to the 'blog folder', which has little in now  :-(

The Lesser Redpolls may have dispersed somewhat from the Greenhouse Grounds, but they are now regular in my garden, 5 were feeding here today.

Sunday, 29 November 2015

Heavy cloud cover accompanied by spits of rain on strong SW wind made for a difficult patch visit this morning.

The three hours out didn't produce any new species for the month or year list, however there were a few nice patch species recorded.  It was good to see a CHIFFCHAFF at the Greenhouse Grounds, more than likely it was the one I had recorded twice earlier in the month at the Ashes Lane Fields. There was also a GREY WAGTAIL present, plus the feeding finch flock had increased in size, it was difficult to asses numbers of individual species, but minimums of 30 CHAFFINCH and 20 GREENFINCH were busy on the sunflower hearts I have provided, they were joined by 8-10 LESSER REDPOLL, with another 20 or so out on the weedy part of the grounds. Top bird was a BRAMBLING, probably the one seen here on the 25th. There were very few GOLDFINCH this morning, just 4 were seen, and only 6 SISKINS were in the Alders, a single YELLOWHAMMER dropped in to join the Redpolls on the weedy area. The female KESTREL had returned to her greenhouse roof after her days absence yesterday.

Walking across the Ashes Lane Field I saw 4 MEADOW PIPITS, although there are probably more out there, plus 16 FIELDFARE flew over, the only winter thrushes of the visit.

The wind made it difficult to pick out much in the Scrubby Woods, but a pair of BULLFINCH and a TREECREEPER were found, plus a flock of LONG TAILED TITS with 2 GOLDCREST among them of note. A check of the lakes revealed that the COOT was present for it's seventh consecutive day, plus the KINGFISHER was seen again, a GREY HERON dropped in to visit too  :-)

Back home at my garden feeding station, I had a visit from 5 REDPOLLS and a SISKIN, very nice  :-)

I'll have to delve into the 'blog folder' for todays images, no chance of any photo's on patch this morning!

Garden Nuthatch, always a favourite  :-)