Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey, Dry
Other Species (Spreadsheet)
Normal walk out through Bath Mill all very quiet, no birds of prey today! Was on 13 species at Pennyquick crossroads very worrying, normal count is 20ish here.
Into Village, a single Herring Gull feeding in fields behind Farm Shop. At Village shop heard and saw the first Greenfinch of the year, with the Herring Gull patch list so far this year 44.
Robin by Send a Cow, a slow news day!
Down towards Lake and the Pterosaur scream of a Grey Heron.
Another year patch tick 45.
No cars in Fishermans Car Park and no Fishermen on lake!
But 13 Goosander all fishing.
Managed to creep up to one of the swims and lay down in the mud, gotta be done!
Apart from the odd look from the Goosander they didn't seem to mind me there, odd as top lake can't get anywhere near them.
After a couple of dives they all had a wing stretch and clean.
Light was pretty grim so high iso at 2500.
Really nice to watch them so close, didn't see them catch much. Must be a few little un's in there as always see pike and shoals of fry in summer.
I stood up and walked to other end of lake and, not me, something spooked them and they all took off heading towards the top lake.
Up the hill and sure enough 13 Goosander, 2 Mute Swan, 40 Mallard, 6 Moorhen and
2 Coot some kind of record ,don't remember ever seeing 2.
Feeding together also. Plus 16 Teal at top end.
Nuthatch calling and Goldcrest in tree's couldn't locate Marsh Tits today.
Been checking on Little Owls recently, still no sign then continuing back the way I walked up. A second Grey Heron perched up above the now empty Fishing lake.
Watching me closely.
Back up through Covert Woodland and 2 Goldcrests with Long Tailed Tits in tree's.
Looks like he was hugging this tree!
And why not!
Gotta love the punk style of the Goldcrest. Brilliant!
A Jay seen also taking year Patch list to 46 on back through village and Fieldfare, Redwing and Mistle Thrush in cottage in between Horse Fields. While watching 10 or so Meadow Pipits flew by taking year list to 47. Species count for walk 40.
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