Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Patch Tick - missed!

The walk on Sunday was later than usual, this proved to be slightly costly as a call from Stephen let me know  he had just seen 8 GOOSANDER fly east! Great record, Stephens morning was pretty successful he added TEAL for the year and had a nice supporting cast of LITTLE EGRET, CORN BUNTING (2), BRAMBLING and 58 YELLOWHAMMERS.
My walk wasn't quite so eventful, 5 GREENFINCH were around the veg garden, where 10+ MEADOW PIPITS flew over as did 2 GREY HERON, 2 SPARROWHAWK and a couple of PIED WAGTAILS. The lake was quiet apart from a calling KINGFISHER. A LITTLE EGRET was moving around in the next field and finally settled in park field. FIELDFARES and REDWINGS were floating around in loose flocks. The only year ticks were a BLACK HEADED GULL (61) which I actually forgot to add from my last visit! the other one was CANADA GOOSE (62), 2 flew south near the end of the walk. SISKINS remain scarce  just 1 bird flew over today, the flock from the other week seems to have moved on for now. The light wasn't great on Sunday but this Little Egret brightened things up :-)
Little Egret

Little Egret

Little Egret
21 Waxwings dropped in last Wednesday just outside my house at around 7.50 - ISO2500 gave this grainy image!

48 comments:

Phil said...

I hate missing a patch tick Alan. Maybe you'll get another chance.
Nice Egret pics and they certainly do brighten up the day.
Nice to see there are still some Waxwings about, still need them for my 2013 New Hythe list.

Pete Woodruff said...

Little Egret to brighten the day, and Waxwings outside the house....nice one Alan.

Whilst I'm here I may as well tell you I just accidentally deleted every comment made in the last nine post on Birds2blog, you may of course be a victim of this mistake in which case....SORRY ALAN.

Marcus Lawson said...

Hi Alan, really good to hear that there are Corn Bunting in west Kentstill and I'm sure you'll get Goosander there yourself soon enough.

All the best,
Marcus

Maria said...

The waxwings are a sight and so is the little egret.

Greenie said...

Alan ,
I saw Stephen's sighting on KOS , shame you missed them .
Is the new pond producing any sightings yet ?
Year list is moving nicely .

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Greenie, the pond is yet attract many birds! the levels are up and down a bit, it will take a while to establish I suppose. I'm hoping for a stray wader on the exposed edges at the moment :-)

Helma said...


Hi Alan,

This beautiful white egret in flight and also.
I also saw waxwings on your latest photos. Here in the Netherlands were whole invasion of this beautiful bird, but I have only been able to find one.
Very nice series from you again.

Warren Baker said...

Keeping the year list ticking over then Alan :-)

I'm still awaiting waxwing this year, my Elder tree in my garden is stacked with impaled apples!! :-)

ShySongbird said...

Sorry you missed your patch tick Alan, very annoying.

Well done on the Waxwings, what a treat to have them on your doorstep...well nearly on it :-)

Joop Zand said...

Photo 1 and 3 are fantastic Alan....nice work again.

Greetings, Joop

thanks for your comment

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