I have managed a few short walks over the last few days. Last Thursday an early walk for an hour or so produced good numbers of winter thrushes, they have followed their usual pattern here and are appearing in the fields and not so much in the orchards now. There are now 2 COOTS on the lake after going missing for a couple of days, hopefully they'll hang around and have some success this year. Otherwise on Thursday it was 33 species in just under an hour with nothing out of the ordinary just a good spread of species.
Saturday I walked with Bec in the afternoon and added MEDITERRANEAN GULL (73) to the year list as one flew over calling with a small group of BLACK HEADED GULLS. I was hoping for a butterfly or two, none appeared but the Speedwell and Primroses looked good as the sun shone on them.
|Speedwell, no idea which type!|
This morning I was out again from 7.15am to 7.55am, a YELLOWHAMMER sung near the car park and it was generally noisy as it has been the last few days. As I stood by the moat a CHIFFCHAFF sang and a pair of CANADA GEESE flew down to the lake, which was shrouded in mist. On the way back to the car 2 KESTRELS called and chased each other across Park Field, the whole thing felt very spring like :-)
|A misty lake|