Monday, 7 March 2016

More Patch Surprises...

Date: 7th March 2016
Location: Newton Park Lake - Circular
Weather: Blue Sky, Sunny + Warm
Other Species: 5+ Long-Tailed Tit, 200+ Wood Pigeon, 1 Coal Tit, 4 Goldfinch, 3 Bullfinch, 1 Song Thrush, 3 Siskin, 2 Buzzard, 2 Red-Legged Partridge, 1 Treecreeper, 4 Grey Heron, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1+ Goldcrest, 21 Teal, House Sparrow, Pied Wagtail, 5 Mute Swan, Rook, Jackdaw - Of Note
Species @ Dusk: 2 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl
Mammals: Grey Squirrel, 3 Roe Deer, 1 Badger (Foraging)

Observation: We done our usual patch walk but slightly later today, started the walk with 11 species under our belt from a quick feeder count and some fly-overs as we put our boots on!

On the bank of Bath Mill, this Song Thrush thought it would play a game of hide and seek!


Within minutes of entering Bath Mill Lodge Retreat, 3 Siskins were feeding on the Alders (a good count for location).


 On the 'Dog Walk'  200+ Wood Pigeon were very flighty as we walked up to Seven Acre.

The Buzzard was at Seven Acre in the sunshine today. A pair of Red-Legged Partridge also seen today (a patch tick for 2016).


Pretty quiet through the Village today and wasn't much of note until the Workshop Covert woodland, where a lovely Treecreeper was busy feeding on flies & grubs.


At the Lake, the Grey Heron colony is looking good with 4 Grey Heron's present, 2 of which were sat on nest.


On the ground of Bath Spa Uni, to our surprise we'd seen a healthy looking Badger foraging in broad daylight, we didn't want to disturb it, so took a few pictures and left him to it, but it's very rare to see a live badger nowadays and they are always lovely to see!



At 'Top Lake' the normal species here including 21 Teal on the top corner, along with 5 Mute Swans around the Lake. Unfortunately there wasn't any Goosander today, fingers crossed there come back.

On the return route, no Yellowhammers or Stonechats in Horse Fields, just a couple of House Sparrows and Pied Wagtail feeding in the hedge-line and around the horses.

As promised we returned at dusk to watch our Barn Owl hunting, at 6pm exactly it came into view further afield this time. We'd seen it hunting in the far corner of the field so we watched it circle around, and it landed on a fencepost, keeping our distance and from the footpath we got some photographs but we were losing light fast so we watched it for around 15 minutes, when suddenly another Barn Owl appeared in the same shot, this makes us think the Female was the one on the fencepost whilst the Male hunted, we also think we had seen the Male previously as it came from the direction we have seen it the night before. After watching them for around 40 minutes, we left them happily hunting. On the return we heard a Tawny Owl nearby, another first for 2016, this flew in front of us as we crossed over the road!


Overall another successful patch walk today, taking our patch list this year so far to 64 !!


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