Tuesday, 5 April 2011

April 5th

A really fleeting visit this morning, I arrived at 7.10am and left at 7.30am but still it was reasonably busy considering there was quite a cool wind and a little light drizzle. There were 2 BULLFINCHES in one of the middle hedges in the car park and as if to confirm the very slightly wintery feel 2 FIELDFARES flew south west. I could hear both CHIFFCHAFF and BLACKCAP as I walked to have a look where the Hoopoe had been, with shoulders drooped!! I could hear MANDARINS calling, possibly from the Park Field or over the wood. A GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was in trees close to the veg garden and I added House Sparrow and Starling as I left the car park. A look across the valley produced STOCK DOVE, 2 GOLDFINCH, 2 HERRING GULLS again flying south west. A SONG THRUSH was in the bottom of a nearby hedge and the ploughed and planted fields held in excess of 150 Corvids. As I drove back to the main road a YELLOWHAMMER took off from a hedge bordering the Park Field.


Warren Baker said...

It was a grim old day out there anyway Alan :-)

Ken. said...

Hi Alan.
You may not have seen too many birds, but it is always good to see a Yellowhammer, and Bullfinch.

steve ashton said...

A good list for a short visit Alan, and in the drizzle as well.

ShySongbird said...

Not nice conditions Alan but you didn't have a bad reward for twenty minutes. As I mentioned to Warren, my records show that on the night of April 6th 2008 we had very heavy snow here! Easy to think the bad weather is behind us but you never know ;)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Warren, it certainly wasn't the best :-)

Hi Ken, It's nice to have those 2 birds regularly on the patch especially as they seem to be increasing.

Hi Steve, I was a bit surprised, the car park is on a slight hill so I think things stop off there a bit, can make it quite productive.

Hi ShySongbird, You are quite right, I remember snow in April before even if only a light dusting, fingers crossed it just gets better from now on :-)