Sunday, 13 March 2016

Bath Half but a Full Patch !

Date: 13/03/2016
Location: Newton St Loe - Patch
Weather: Lovely Day, Warm, Blue Skies
Other Species: 41 species including - 3 Siskin, 3 Green Woodpecker, 3 Jays, 3 Raven, Nuthatch, 4 Grey Heron, Treecreeper, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 10+ Yellowhammer, Stonechat. 
Plus highlight Small Tortoiseshell Butterfly ! (4 days earlier than last year!)
Observation: 

Bath Half today so patch pretty quiet for people just how I like it ! 
On walking through Bath Mill 3 Siskin feeding high in treetops. Plus the now normal 150+ Wood Pigeons scattering on entering the Dog Walk.



Skylark up and singing a quite a few Pheasants on Top Fields, also 2 Buzzards high on T
thermals.


Normal stuff in Village also Churchyard, a Nuthatch appeared while I was feeding robin
 then a miracle.... a Goldcrest in the open !!


Covert Woodland a Buzzard sat high up 
and all the Tits giving warning calls alerted me to his presence.


On the Herony today only 4 Grey Heron, 2 sat on nests, 2 flying around lower field.


Both Lakes not much now Goosander have departed, 20+ Teal still here. 2 Treecreepers, 
2 Raven's best of the rest. Followed on through and thought I'd carry on towards Stanton Prior on the Conservation Path, not been this way before and surprised to find 2 small ponds, gonna be Dragonfly heaven in summer must check back there. Frogspawn was all at moment though. 


Seemed to be plenty of Buzzard activity about today this one over Stanton Prior looked amazing in sunlight !


On getting to top by Park View Farm the normal Yellowhammer about, 10+ very jumpy.


Then after a few more Skylarks a Stonechat... 
A Small Tortoiseshell appeared !! First Butterfly of my season and it seems 4 days earlier than last year, he didnt let me get rear shot but beautiful all the same. Love Butterflies !!


We did the normal walk in evening but no Barn Owl Tonight :( But compensation was the Sunset, A massive sun and red sky at night shepherd's delight .

Bath Peregrines tomorrow, here's hoping !!


Thanks For Looking !