I strarted late Sunday, Stephen had already recorded COMMON WHITETHROAT, JACK SNIPE, LESSER SPOTTED WOODPECKER and another BLACKCAP early on. My walk with Bec provided some varied sightings including 2 Toads swimming across the top lake, a Grass Snake in the small pond in the wood plus Brimstone, Peacock, Small White and Small Tortoiseshell on the butterfly front. Birds came in the form of several NUTHATCH, TREECREEPER, MARSH TIT and the years first LINNET!! (75) for me. Best of all on this walk was a female MARSH HARRIER (76) flying east over Bull and Birches.
I set out again around 4.30pm for a skywatch, I set myself up looking pretty much due south. In an hour I had a minimum of 7 BUZZARDS, 1 SPARROWHAWK, 6 SWALLOW, 4 PIED WAGTAIL, 1 CORMORANT, 1 LITTLE EGRET and a few gulls. While I was doing this I didn't realise Stephen was looking across the valley to the east but I joined him quickly after he rang and said he was watching a male RING OUZEL (77) in a field not far from the restaurant!!! The bird showed well and was still there this morning. A really great weekend, Ring Ouzel was new for the patch for me and it was Stephens 3rd sighting for the patch.
Below are some random pics from the weekend.
|Probably the best Jay pic I've managed so far, not difficult as the rest have been distant and out of focus!!|
|Common Toads, I think.|
|Record shot Marsh Harrier|
|Long Tailed Tit|
|Another record shot Ring Ouzel!!|