Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Sunny December Patch Walk

Date: 28/12/2016
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Cold, Very Clear Blue Skies and Sunshine
Highlights
3 Green Woodpecker, 2 Greater Spotted Woodpeckers
3 Buzzard, 9 Goosander, 3 Kingfisher, 26 Teal,
 1 Common Gull, 3 Meadow Pipit 
Spreadsheet

Observation:

Headed out around Patch with Blue skies and sunshine, a beautiful day. Saw Male Kingfisher on Brook but it flew and continued to fly every time I got with it, it seemed for 1/4 of a mile of it!
Still plenty of Blackbirds in a around Dog Walk, apple trees at least 15 with Redwings also there but none wanting their picture taken. 
Best I could manage.



On first fields a couple of Black Head Gulls plus this Common Gull, A Buzzard also present.


Lots of people today it seems everywhere no footpaths, no problem, apparently they can wander wherever they like! 
Counted 9 walkers coming across fields, where no footpath is within at least 1/2 mile, when I asked what they we up to, said they were just walking. It seems 1 person got lost and the other 8 people just followed them!!

Anyway back to birding another birder on patch, sw@swafineart.com.
Early this morning spotted 5 Cormorants on normal tree plus Treecreeper which I failed to see.



When I got to lake only 2 Cormorant were present, but looking great in the sunshine.


Also on lake 9 Goosander, numbers seem to be rising. A long way to go to our record 22!


Had 5 Male and 4 Female today but as normal keeping there distance, I sat and watched for about 40 mins also seeing 1 Buzzard, 26 Teal, 6 Moorhen + Black Headed Gulls who continually harassed the Goosander.


Also saw m/f Kingfisher buzzing up and down the lakes but not stopping in camera distance.
The Black Headed Gulls looking great in the Sunshine.


After sitting there and about to leave saw this Grey Heron opposite me! Amazing I didn't see it before, it was keeping so still. The Buzzard was directly behind him in trees making the Mallards very jumpy.
I doubt the Buzzard could catch one!



Another photo from sw@swafineart.com the early bird Eh! 
This looking down from the Top End of Lake.




So many people about decided to walk on to check on Owls, None.
But did see a couple of Nuthatches and plenty of Great and Blue Tits.


Left Lakes and walked back through Village at WD & A fields saw 3 Meadow Pipits but little else back into Bath Mill and a final Female Blackbird in Berries opposite home.
Finished walk on 40 Species.



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