Sunday, 10 April 2016

Full Patch Walk !

Date: 10th April 2016 - 
Location: Newton St Loe - Full Patch Walk
Weather: Cloudy, Some Sunny Spells, Windy

Other Species: 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 4 Bullfinch, Long-Tailed Tit, 3 Coal Tit, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Chiffchaff, Skylark, Green Woodpecker, House Sparrow, 2 Stock Dove, Mistle Thrush, 2 Greenfinch, 4 Grey Heron (3 On Nest), Teal, Mute Swan, Buzzard, Jay - Of Note - 35 Species Total

Observation:

As we kitted up for our walk a stunning Greater-Spotted Woodpecker landed on our feeders, after a few minutes he flew off, we couldn't get any images of it, so a library picture will have to do, until it returns!


Out through Bath Mill as normal, plenty of singing Chiffchaff's about, numbers at about 6 for the total walk. A male Kingfisher also seen today which flew through on the Brook.

Our female Mallard posed nicely for us on the log in the brook.


Through the "Dog Walk" there were a few Goldfinches collecting nesting materials including what appeared to be Wood Pigeon feathers.


The wind picked up once at Seven Acre, so not many sightings, highlights were singing Skylarks, 2 fly-over Feral Pigeons, single numbers of Crow, Magpie and Lesser Black-Backed Gull's.

We spotted 2 Stock Doves feeding amongst the Rook's in the fields near the Workshop Covert woodland, a good sighting for us. In the woodland a fly-past Mistle Thrush was the best.

Out of the Heronry, there are still 3 on nest, can't be long to go now, as first spotted middle of February! Also 2 Greenfinch being very vocal to each other!


Out at Lake, Bottom Lake was full of fisherman so everything had moved to Top Lake, this included, 1 Grey Heron, 13+ Teal, 2 Mute Swan (1 on nest) with 3 eggs (possibly a forth but didn't get a good view).



As the wind picked up again we headed home, back along the Conversation Path where a Roe Deer (female) and Stag were sheltering from the wind on the fence-line.


Up on Park View Lane (looking down onto Bath Spa Uni) a pair of displaying Buzzards were still present, along with 2 Pheasant and a single Jay which finished our walk.

Still no Barn Swallows on our patch, but it can't be long now!



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