Tuesday, 27 January 2015

After spending two days indoors with a cold virus, I made a three hour patch visit this morning, what a relief to be out in the fresh air!

It was a very quiet visit though, with nothing much of note seen, but it was very springlike out there and once the early cloud dispersed some sunny spells were had, in which I heard song from SONGTHRUSH, DUNNOCK, WREN, ROBIN, TREECREEPER, COAL TIT and a very welcome GREENFINCH which sang from the Greenhouse Grounds, where a party of 4 LONG TAILED TITS were also found. The spring calls of both BLUE and GREAT TIT were also heard, as was the song/call of the STOCK DOVES from the Wet Woods, where at least 3 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS drummed.

The lakes were almost birdless today, only a single COOT, 4 MOORHENS and 4 MALLARDS were on the ornamental lake, the immature Mute Swan has moved off again, the main lake was devoid of water birds, but the small lake had a CANADA GOOSE and a feral White ''Farmyard Goose'', which wont be going on my year list, ( to the surprise of some readers!)

At least 30 MEADOW PIPITS were flushed up from the Ashes Lane Field by a SPARROWHAWK going low over, the female KESTREL was also on the border fence line causing even more panic among the airborne Pipits!

Over at Migrant Alley a COMMON BUZZARD flew low over the sheep pasture, putting up the 78 BLACK HEADED GULLS and the lone COMMON GULL that were there. I felt a bit rough again shortly afterwards, and sat down on my skywatching seat to enjoy the warmth of the sunshine and maybe get to hear a Siskin or Lesser Redpoll flyover, non did though, but I did see two single YELLOWHAMMERS and a single SKYLARK fly past as some compensation.

last evening, around 20:30hrs, I heard a TAWNY OWL calling from close by the back of my house, nice to hear  :-)

Still a few images left in my 'blog photo folder'......................


....and yet more of the Long Tailed Tits

Sunday, 25 January 2015

I awoke this morning with a burning throat, fuzzy head and a streaming nose ..........I felt crap! No patch visit for me today!

I did take the chance to catch up on the action at my garden feeders though, where a good mix of species came in to feed, 20 in all were recorded. The most numerous species being the BLUE TITS, which at any one time 15-20 could be viewed, GREAT TITS, COAL TITS and LONG TAILED TITS mixed with them from time to time. Finches were not as numerous as they normally are at this time of year, with peak counts of just 6 CHAFFINCH, 7 GOLDFINCH and 2 GREENFINCH.

Only two Long Tailed Tits came in today

Disappointingly, only one HOUSE SPARROW was seen, but the regular skulkers were in the borders, with WREN, ROBIN, DUNNOCK and a SONGTHRUSH picking up the fallen bits of suet. There was a peak of five BLACKBIRDS, 4 STARLINGS and 4 COLLARED DOVES, with 2 NUTHATCHES, 2 GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKERS, 2 JACKDAWS, 5 WOODPIGEONS and a MAGPIE all being seen as well.


Another Dunnock



Notable flyovers included 5 CANADA GEESE, a MUTE SWAN, a SPARROWHAWK and a few small parties of both REDWING and FIELDFARE.

Hopefully my symptoms will relent somewhat tomorrow and I will feel like getting out!