Thursday, 17 March 2011

March 17th

I haven't seen the forecast but hopefully there is some clear warm weather on the way!!

That was going to be my post today but I did find a few birds this morning lurking in the mist. There was quite a lot of noise from Fieldfares and Redwings, just sub-song really but they were all practicing at the same time. I did the walk backwards today, I walked the fields first then finished at the lake. The Lodge Field has now mostly been ploughed, apparently half of it had been done yesterday or the day before, I just didn't notice in the mist, I took some time scanning it but to no avail, I did see 3 Green Woodpeckers chasing eachother along the stream, I heard 2 Skylarks and possibly 4 Yellowhammers this morning, I'm trying to find where each territory is and there was one singing from a new spot this morning, so I hope they all stay. Two Herring Gulls and a Common Gull flew through low enough to see and the Reed Bunting was again on the bend of the stream. Three flocks of Siskins were heard from different points around the walk and there were Canada Geese nearby. In the wood I heard Nuthatch and saw 2 Teecreepers, 2 Marsh Tits, 4 Great Tits, a Coal Tit and numerous Blue and Long Tailed Tits. A couple of Song Thrushes were also in the wood and several Wrens were singing well. At the lake 2 Greylag Geese were on the bottom the lake and a Goldcrest showed well, a Bullfinch called, as with quite a few of the birds this morning, unseen. 41 species were recorded, certainly an improvement on yesterday. No photographs at all today, I find it hard enough when the light is good!!


Warren Baker said...

Good job you made the most of today Alan, rain all day tomorrow - so they say! :-)

ShySongbird said...

It does sound like a lovely place for bird life Alan. I wish I was better at identification by song/call, people say it comes with experience but it never has for me unfortunately despite listening to recordings etc.

I did have a slight vision of a man walking backwards today at Sissinghurst at the beginning of your post ;)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren, I was lucky this morning, for once something arriving late wasn't a problem :-)

Hi ShySongbird, it is a nice place, I'm lucky it's so close to home, I still struggle with some calls but I'll keep trying to learn,it can be difficult to sort them out.
I did nearly walk backwards this morning, just so your vision would be really what I was doing!! :-)