Wednesday, 9 March 2011

March 9th

I did a quick visit last night after work from around 5.40- 6.15, I waited by the lake hopefully to catch some Mandarin coming to roost nearby, these didn't appear but a large female Peregrine flew low over the lake at about 5.50 making me wonder where it was roosting, Stephen had probably the same bird over the wood at the weekend. Apart from that there were several Redwings flying in to roost in some holly and a Kestrel went to roost on the tower.
With the wind most definitely turned it wasn't quite as cold as recent mornings, there were 3 Bullfinches in the car park and it again was nice and lively with good numbers of Chaffinches and House Sparrows and a couple of singing Dunnocks and Robins. A single Fieldfare flew over with several Starlings and a small group of 4 Siskins soon followed. Linnets normally like the veg garden and this morning a couple were investigating it, as I approached the lake a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker called 3 times but I was unable to see it. A few gulls drifted over as well this morning of four different species, the most for a while. The Marsh Tits were back this morning associating with a couple of Goldcrests, Blue Tits and Long Tailed Tits. In the fields there were 6 Skylarks, I could hear at least 2 Yellowhammers singing and a couple of Grey Herons flew over, later Stephen had a lone Lapwing over after he looked for what I was pretty sure was a Black Redstart, I had seen briefly this morning, unfortunately it didn't re-appear and my distant flight views weren't totally conclusive.
This Goldcrest stayed still just long enough!


ShySongbird said...

Hi Al, thank you for visiting my blog :) I have enjoyed looking through yours. You certainly seem to have had a wonderful holiday recently and saw some amazing sights with great photos to remember them by. I particularly liked the one of the Leopard lounging in the tree.

Well done with the Goldcrest photos, they are so difficult, I find, as they just never stop still...well not for me anyway ;)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi ShySongbird, I'm really pleased you enjoyed looking at my blog, being new to it, I wondered if anyone would be interested. Looking at your blog and the other peoples that I follow, they are all really interesting and I'm glad I started.

We were extremely lucky on holiday, firstly just for being able to go and secondly for the amount of things we saw, it was amazing.

Warren Baker said...

Unlucky with the Black-red Alan, maybe it will stay around if it was one, good luck with the migrants :-)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren,
It was a little frustrating, it was too far away with not enough time to look for before work without being late!! Nevermind, I'll keep trying :-)