Monday, 5 March 2012

Sunday 4th Feb

Finally back on the patch for a reasonable walk yesterday, I did get out briefly Thursday afternoon and had the pleasure of listening to a REDWING in song, something I haven't heard many times over the years, also a pair of LITTLE OWLS were calling in the field next to the lake and had apparently been noisy most of the day.
Despite the rain yesterday, I felt a bit desperate to get out for a meaningful walk, there were around 50 FIELDFARE  in the car park and reasonable numbers of REDWINGS were with them. BULLFINCHES appeared in a couple of their favoured areas and a LESSER BLACK BACKED GULL flew south. I was pleased to see that the pigs have been moved so that you can now see the birds that are being attracted by their rummaging around in the earth, MEADOW PIPITS and CHAFFINCHES were taking advantage yesterday. GREY HERONS were in evidence, as at least 3 birds were seen. Down by the lake I could hear LITTLE OWLS again and a COOT (72) was the first addition to the year list since the beginning of February, as it swam near the edge of the lake. There was a good cast of birds today, MARSH TITS, LONG TAILED TITS, GOLDCREST, SKYLARKS, were 'singin in the rain!'  and the LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER was heard calling again. Great to be out, I didn't get many pics but below are a couple from Thursday and yesterdays Coot.
Obliging Robin as always!!

Some early colour in the Sissinghurst Gardens!

There was sun on Thursday

Yesterdays Coot!


ShySongbird said...

Well done for braving the rain :-) Lovely photo of the Robin and the Spring flowers look beautiful.

Ramón Suárez said...

Muy buenas las 4 fotos Alan. El petirrojo está genial.

Lasse said...

Great shots Alan !

Phil said...

Well done Alan for braving the rain. You even made the Coot look great!

Kungsfiskaren said...

Lovely serie, my favorit are the flowers. I´m wating for spring...
Greetings from Sweden

Warren Baker said...

Yes! Coot! They are great little characters, I miss them when they leave my patch. :-)

Greenie said...

Alan ,
I'm sure there must be a 'Club for excited Coot watchers' somewhere .
If there isn't , you and another blogger could start one .
Well done getting out in the rain .

Javier Conejero said...

preciosas fotos. me gusta tu blog, muy bueno.

Christian said...

Hi Alan, love that Robin mate.

Jerry said...

excellent photos - and a Redwing in song! I've never heard that before - definitely envious!

Fernando Santos (Chana) said...

Belas fotografias...Espectacular....

Tim Gutsell said...

I have enjoyed reading you blog Alan and your photos set it off a treat.Well done.

Mike H said...

Good to hear from your patch again Alan,you deserve a medal for going out yesterday. Nearly paid a visit on my way back from Whetsted but in the end didn't.

Rohrerbot said...

I love your bird shots....but today, I think it's your patch that makes me smile. What a beautiful garden and sunset! I love the bulbs and their color. Chris

Tammy said...

Beautiful photos Alan! I am quite envious of your lovely garden:)

heyBJK said...

Fantastic shots, Alan! The garden is beautiful and I really like your robins. A bit different from ours.

Alan Pavey said...

Hi ShySongbird, thank you, it was nice to see some colour on such a grey day :-)

Hi Ramon, thank you, I'm glad you like them :-)

Hi Lasse, many thanks.

Hi Phil, thanks, I was pleased to be out despite the weather.

Hi Ingemar, thank you, the flowers are nice in the gardens, i think this is just the start of the colour hopefully :-)

Hi Warren, my one didn't stay around, no sign today :-(

Hi Greenie, it is a pretty exclusive club ;-)

Hi Javier, thank you, for your comment and visiting my blog :-)

Hi Christian, thank you.

Hi Jerry, thank you, it was great to hear the Redwing.

Hi Fernando, thank you for your comment :-)

Hi Tim, thank you, I'm still marvelling over your Peregrine pics!! :-)

Hi Mike, thanks, it wasn't an inspiring day but the Coot was a bonus especially as it wasn't there today!

Hi Chris, thanks, the gardens are lovely people come from all over the world to visit them.

Hi Tammy, thanks, the gardens at Sissinghurst are fantastic, a really nice collection of plants and flowers.

Hi Brian, thanks, the gardens have lots going on in them, it's a great place to walk around. Our Robins are quite different, I would like to find one of yours over here :-)

Helma said...

Wonderful that robin, but your orange sky, I totally super! I like very much these skies. Also beautiful spring flowers and a coot again give a great feeling.

Greetings, Helma