Sunday, 20 March 2011

March 20th

After managing only a short walk yesterday and not really a birding walk, it was nice to get out this morning. By the time I left the car park I had already seen 18 species, the pick of which were around 20 Redwings and a flyover Redpoll. It was a good day for Goldcrests and after the ones in the car park there were another 3 pairs round the estate. As I walked passed the Granary a BRAMBLING called and 2 birds flew west, a nice male Kestrel then drifted through the valley.
I was heading to the lake when Stephen rang to say he had found 2 Red Legged Partridge, so I diverted round the fields first, I lost track of the amount of Yellowhammers this morning but 10 would be a reasonble guess, a Meadow Pipit flew north and there was 1 Rook with 7 Carrion Crows. One thing that was quite apparent today is that there had been a good increase in Chiffchaff numbers, I counted 5 singing birds not including the one outside my house as I left for my walk, it certainly made for a very spring like walk.

There wasn't alot flying over this morning and I picked up just 11 Black-headed Gulls and 4 Herring Gulls at some height, I was struggling to locate the Red Legs when Stephen called again to say he was following them up the hedgerow, I stopped and scanned and saw the 2 RED LEGGED PARTRIDGES (77) waddling along the hedgerow in the distance.
I continued into the wood adding Reed Bunting on the way, once in the wood I found Treecreeper, 4 Nuthatches, 2 Coal Tits, 4 singing Marsh Tits, a male Sparrowhawk and several Siskins flew over calling. I tried in vain to get a decent picture of one of the Marsh Tits but frankly it was a bit laughable!! See below.
The amount of tail shots twigs etc!! this was the best!!
 I finished with a look across the valley which was fairly uneventful, a short walk this afternoon added a female Sparrowhawk, Common Buzzard, my first butterfly of the year a Peacock in a hurry and 2 Orange Underwing moths only my second ever sighting, the first being yesterday.


ShySongbird said...

Primroses are my favourite wild flower so it was lovely to be greeted by those!

At least you got some photos of the Marsh Tit, I never have.

The Yellowhammers were out in force in the 'usual' place here today :)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi ShySongbird, Primroses always remind of when I was growing up, walking a nearby lane with my Mum, they are one of her favourites.

I was laughing at myself and the Marsh Tit, it was really busy, I kept taking pics and getting a mixture of twigs and no bird or numerous back views, it was nice watch the bird anyway :-)

So the Yellowhammers still not playing ball, that's not very fair, do you think they will stay around for much longer? I'll be hoping I might see a Yellowhammer or a Marsh Tit on your blog, if they do give you the opportunity soon :-)