Thursday, 8 December 2011

December 8th - a short visit

An even shorter visit this morning, 7.55am-8.20am. It felt a little like the quiet before the storm, there were several CHAFFINCHES calling around the car park, with the odd ROBIN and a SONG THRUSH in full flow. Walking out to look across the valley one FIELDFARE went over and a flock of 120 or so WOODPIGEONS made their way south. It was still too dark for photos, so I decided to just take in the view. The second scan picked up a LITTLE EGRET sitting in an Oak by the stream, which stayed there for about 5 minutes. A few REDPOLLS were calling and eventually a flock of 12 birds was noted in the Silver Birches by the barn, a GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER was also calling from the Silver Birch. I could hear the ever present BULLFINCHES but failed to see any, a YELLOWHAMMER called from out in the fields and 2 MEADOW PIPITS flew directly overhead. I managed to record over 20 species in my short visit, sometimes I wonder whether to go to the patch if time is against me but after this mornings walk, maybe it's worth doing more often :-)

5 comments:

Ramón Suárez said...

Hola Alan. ¡Vaya variedad de especies tienes allí! Saludos!!

Alan Pavey said...

Hola Ramon, estoy satisfecho con la gama de especies para tan poco tiempo, Saludos!

Phil said...

Sometimes less is more Alan, short but perfectly worthwhile!

Warren Baker said...

always worth a visit Alan, you just never know what might be about :-)

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Phil, I certainly will be making the most of any spare time now, all being well.

Hi Warren, that is very true, I did enjoy the 25 minutes I had.