Sunday, 10 March 2013

Second guided walk of the year!

This mornings start was 8.30am, as we introduced ourselves 3 CANADA GEESE flew over, it was colder than yesterday with that fresh easterly breeze but still 21 of us set off. Obviously there were lots of birds the same as yesterday but the first different one was a year tick for me on the patch 6 GOLDEN PLOVER (68) flew NE. We had a good views of GREAT SPOTTED WOODPECKER, before half the group also caught a glimpse of the wintering WATER RAIL. Further round the lake MARSH TIT, GOLDCREST and a couple of confiding TREECREEPER were seen. GREAT BLACK BACKED GULL (69) was the next addition to the year list, the rest of the woodland walk was relatively quiet and a coffee break beckoned for a warm and some sustenance. After coffee, with a just a handful of brave souls, we headed out into the fields, here we added ROOK, KESTREL, GREY HERON, 10 REED BUNTING plus YELLOWHAMMER and COMMON GULL, also round the fields 3 distant BUZZARDS were seen and a flock of 14 SKYLARKS.
Once again, thank you to all those who turned up in the less than inviting conditions, 46 species were seen or heard today.


Kevin & Julie said...

Interesting walk thanks Alan (we've warmed up now too).

Maria said...

And spring is here, must be pretty there!

ShySongbird said...

Well done on the additions to the year list...and on braving the cold!

Warren Baker said...

Golden plover is a good patch bird inland Alan, well it is here at least :-) enjoy the snow!

Helma said...

Hi Alan,

So again you've seen a lot of birds such as the golden plover and a glimpse of the water rail. Yellowhammer, reed bunting, and even field larks.
How come you do not take pictures of places, or is it that you just drop your observations and later the photos??
Greetings, Helma

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Helma, I would like to take photos but when I have a group of people with me, I concentrate on finding birds for them and tend to take photos when i am just out on my own.
Thank you for your comments, your blog is superb :-) Your photos are always brilliant.

Helma said...

Thank you for your explanation :-) Alan
and also for your compliment.

Greetings, Helma