Sunday, 30 March 2014

Calm before the storm?

It's been a fairly quiet time on the patch although to be honest I haven't visited as much as I would like. CHIFFCHAFFS are around in good numbers and the MANDARIN have been seen a few more times after their long absence. The BARNACLE GOOSE (68) that seems to spend most of its time between here and Warrens Pittswood patch has been present on and off over the last week or two. Also a big surprise was the first RED LEGGED PARTRIDGE (69) for at least two years, when a pair flew up from the the field just below the moat, last Wednesday morning. This weekend saw a few LESSER BLACK BACKED GULLS flying south with HERRING GULLS yesterday and today the first BLACKCAP (70) on patch was found close to the west end of the upper lake. Other birds have included KINGFISHER, LITTLE EGRET and 7 BUZZARDS yesterday. Here are a couple of pictures from the last week.
Early morning sun


Long Tailed Tit



Barnacle Goose


Warren Baker said...

I wondered where that Barny Goose had gone Alan :-)

Phil said...

Quiet at New Hythe too Alan. Just scraped up 71 species, the same as you. Only new arrivals being Chiffys and Blackcaps

Stephen Mills said...

Great to see that your list is moving along nicely, Alan.

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Alan.. You¨re right.. Beautiful pics.. Well-done.. Regards.

Helma said...

A delightful and charming blog :-) Alan
The daffodils give like a lovely spring feeling.
You various birds of Linnet, Yellowhammer, long-tailed tit, geese and beautiful peacock butterfly make and very cheerful blog.