Monday, 31 December 2012

And finally..........

Finally a post, and finally the end of a traumatic year, hopefully 2013 will be a better one.
 Thank you to all those who have visited my blog this year and those who have taken time to comment, it's always lovely to hear from you all. I look forward to reading more of your blogs over the coming year.

Here are a few pictures from the last few weeks, taken on just 2 days really! My first sighting of a BLACKCAP in winter in my garden is the first pic. The others were taken yesterday, I caught up with the WAXWINGS at Staplehurst station just 3 miles from home, then a quick walk at the castle produced a WATER RAIL, 200+ FIELDFARES and good numbers of REDWING and 6 SISKIN flew north.

Wintering Blackcap


106 species this year was pleasing, considering the sporadic nature of my visits.


Tuesday, 4 December 2012

December 2nd

The patch finally got a visit, the first for nearly two weeks!! It was a beautiful day, the orchards on the way to the castle were full of FIELDFARE, a few REDWING and REDPOLL. Bull and Birches wood had one small flock of tits which included LONG TAILED and 1 MARSH TIT. Roundshill was similar and when I arrived at the it was lake partly frozen over and held just a handful of MALLARD. Around the fields a KESTREL hunted and 25 LAPWING flew east. I heard a few YELLOWHAMMERS and REED BUNTING, as well as MEADOW PIPIT and SKYLARK.
Part of the 25 no. Lapwing flock




On the way back the corvid above flew north-east the picture and my initial impression point to RAVEN (106?) it was a little distant but heavy cropping, still points me in that direction any thoughts would be more than welcome :-)
The afternoon was spent looking for Waxwings around the Faversham area, despite driving around Yorkletts, where they had been reported, I failed in even finding Youngs Transport yard, let alone any Waxwings!!! A report of 80 birds along Faversham creek had me heading to Abbey Fields and the creek, REDWINGS were everywhere but no Waxwings, a Common Seal (I think) was in the creek, which was really nice to see. Last stop was Oare, I stayed until it was almost dark, there was nothing out of the  ordinary but a long string of STARLINGS headed across the Swale towards Favesham, the line of at least 30-50 birds deep spread for almost half a mile a really great spectacle.
'These berries are all mine!'

Common Seal

Common Seal

Late afternoon Egret