Monday, 8 September 2014

Hobby + Willow Warbler Bonus!


An Amazing Sight !!



Date: 8th Sep - Late Morning - Afternoon
Location:  Newton St Loe - Zones 1,3,4+5




 Another First For Us (Since 2010)


Observation:  We headed out the lanes alot earlier than normal to see if it makes a difference to what birds we seen in the morning apposed to the afternoon, as were more of afternoon birders! We left around 10.30am and headed out for lake and started a species count. We had 10 species before we even got to the Dog Walk in the campsite, so was already looking good! A little Field Mouse hiding in the grass at the crossroads, 2 Goldcrest feeding in the fir tree in a garden in the village. Seemed to quieten down until the lake with only a few common species and some Barn Swallow. At the Lake, no fisherman or people nice! Only 1 Little Owl (juvenile, so parents were watching from somewhere) seen, and 2 Kingfishers flying around the lake. Some stunning Migrant Hawkers stopping for some pictures in front of us. Heard a Goldcrest, so stopped at the bench on Top Lake, also then seen Coal Tits, more Goldcrest and 2 Willow Warblers! (first of us on our patch). After the steep walk up the hill to Park View Farm, hoping to see the Linnet or Wheatear, field completely empty but we crossed the road onto the conservation path and half way down the first field, as seen a bird come zooming from the left of us scanned around the field and flew back STRAIGHT towards us and back the way it came from, a VERY nice surprise and a bonus, as again a first of us on our patch, next field had 4 young Yellowhammer feeding. We walked along 12 o'clock and seen a Roe Deer feeding, was nice to watch him without scaring him off! Walking back, we seen 2 more Kestrel, and a further sighting of the Hobby (must be the same one, which flew North back towards Bath).

A Crystal (Clear) Migrant !


I Think He's Beginning To Like Us!


Weather:  Sunny, Hot, Light Breeze
Other Species: Buzzard, Kestrel, HOBBY, Little Owl, Goldfinch, Willow Warbler, Kingfisher, Wren, Dunnock, Coal Tit, Goldcrest, Bullfinch, Green Woodpecker, Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Nuthatch, Grey heron, Long-Tailed Tit, Raven, Collared Dove, Barn Swallow, House Martin, Yellowhammer, Grey Wagtail, Song Thrush




Thanks For Looking !