Sunday, 1 May 2016

1st May Patch Walk

Date: 01/05/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey Skies, Coldish wind, Rain to end
Other Species: 
Chiffchaff, Willow Warbler, Skylark, Yellowhammer, Whitethroat, Blackcap, Barn Swallow, Swift, House Martin, Kestrel, Buzzard, Stock Dove, Tawny Owl, Nuthatch, Mistle Thrush, Linnet.
46 Species Seen
Butterflies- 4 Small Tortoiseshell, 3 Euro Peacock 
MammalsHare, Roe Deer
Observation:
Started as normal out through Bath Mill with Chiffchaff and Blackcaps in song along brook but little else. Up on to fields Skylark singing and 2 Buzzards soaring above. At the byways crossroads the call of Yellowhammer could be heard and the oilseed rape field supplying the ideal backdrop.



Also around 4 Whitethroats now, hiding mostly in the hedgerows


Butterflies still very slow to start this year on patch with only 4 Tortoiseshells and 3 Peacocks along byways.


At village House Martins!! 
Just 2 amongst the Barn Swallow but great to see!


Another taking patch year total to 71 species.


Barn Swallows hawking over farmland and nest making in normal barns.


On out through village Blackcaps in covert woodland and while walking to see Heronry, a single Hare sprints past me on College Drive, making all the cars stop! 
Excellent to see.
At the Heronry, Herons seem to have departed except for 1 with Heron chick still in nest.


Nothing new or much on lake although Mute Swan still covering nest. Lots of Lambs in fields at end of college, and a single Roe Stag.


On College Football pitch 2 Mistle Thrush busy feeding and a large group of Corvids.

  
Carried on out towards Stanton Prior and up hill to Park Farm where I met Robert, fellow patch birder.
Few more Yellowhammer and Skylarks singing at farm. Walked along 12 o'clock lane with Blackcap's and Chiffchaff in woodland.



On 40 species at this point then year patch tick number 72 arrived! 
Our first Swift of the year darted above us 41! 
Then a Tawny Owl called a Pied Wagtail flyover and Long Tailed Tit landed close by 44.
Robert then let me walk home while he drove! But a pair of Linnets, Bullfinch and a Greenfinch took total to 46.
A nice way to end walk.

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