Thursday, 3 March 2011

March 3rd

It was another very cool morning and the birds were fairly quiet again, a Wren called and a Dunnock ducked into cover as I walked passed the veg garden, a Grey Heron flew up from the lake and at least 4 Great Spotted Woodpeckers were drumming this morning. Every time I stopped to look or listen there seemed to be Long Tailed Tits at every spot, there were also a few Great Tits and Treecreepers calling. The highlight of the morning came when I stopped to look at a Marsh Tit and out of the corner of my eye a movement alerted me to a male Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, it wasn't calling or drumming but showed really well on a dead branch for a few seconds before flying off towards some alders, a real treat!!
I headed out to the fields which again were devoid of song but a Little Egret flew over to brighten the scene and 4 Yellowhammers called from various points in the hedgerows, a really satisfying walk all in all.


Warren Baker said...

A great spot - that lesser spot, If you know what I mean Alan :-)

The birds just dont sing in this cold wind do they!!

Greenie said...

Alan ,
Didn't manage to comment on your previous post , but will be looking forward to future episodes from Tanzania .
We did a similar trip 8 years ago covering Arusha National Park , then on to Ngorongoro Crater and finally the Serengeti National Park via the Olduvai Gorge .
Brilliant trip , and got the 'big five' .

Alan Pavey said...


Your comment made me smile Warren, very good!

You did well on your trip Greenie, it does sound very similar to our trip, we didn't get to Arusha National Park, I think we did Tarangire as an alternative maybe.What a place though I was on full adrenaline for the whole 8 days!! :-)