Sunday, 9 March 2014

Patch additions

The patch got some more attention over the last few days a singing CHIFFCHAFF on the 7th was nice and my first pic of the wintering WATER RAIL on the same was not great but just got it! Several MISTLE THRUSHES were being very noisy but otherwise just the usual suspects were around.
Just managed a Water Rail pic!

Today I managed a couple of visits firstly this morning there were at least 6 BRIMSTONE butterflies in the wood plus a couple of SMALL TORTOISESHELLS and a COMMA, the CHIFFCHAFF sang again and there were plenty of TREECREEPER, NUTHATCH, LONG TAILED TIT and BLUE TITS there too.
Three LINNETS were the first for a while, lots of WRENS sang and 4 BULLFINCH were in their usual place in the car park.
Not sure what this pic was meant to be but thought I'd post it anyway!

One of several singing Wrens

At last a Bullfinch picture

Peacock on the second visit


The second visit was surprisingly productive, firstly a LITTLE EGRET (64) flew up from the stream and circled over the fields before heading south-east. A few seconds later I heard a 'cronking' noise and a RAVEN (65) flew from somewhere near the stream towards Roundshill Wood. The last record here was 2010 so a very welcome addition to the year list. Several BUZZARDS were again the only raptors of the day. The last addition of the day was a KINGFISHER (66) long overdue it seems and hopefully the first of many records this year and who knows maybe a photograph or two would be nice!
Record of Little Egret, love the way white can look black!

Raven record shot


Mike H said...

Nice Bullfinch Alan, that Brimstone photo looks remarkably like the one i posted on Flickr from near the pond in the woods,

tobias said...

Nice photos, the brick wall is magnificent!

Alan Pavey said...

Hi Mike, it is probably the same one! it was just below the pond around the brambles :-)

Warren Baker said...

Good effort on that Bullfinch Alan, they are a difficult bird to get an image of, well done ;-)

Got a few good patch additions too I see, Raven! Nice!

Stephen Mills said...

Some great additions to your year list,Alan!!Well done.

Helma said...

You have got a nice variation Alan. Flying Egret I find really beautiful but also the Water Rail is very special to see. I've never seen this in real life itself.
That wall is just really nice by the beautiful details of the window so that then of course you should also place :-) Even though a beautiful peacock and a lemon finder. So really spring!

Ana Mínguez Corella said...

Hi Alan.. Thanks for your comment.. Great captures.. My favorite bird is a bullfinch.. Greetings.. ;-)))