Thursday, 14 August 2014

Fox Out The Lanes!

Date: 14th August - 1PM
Location:  Newton Park Lake - Zones 1,2+5
Observation:  Walked up to Seven Acre, in the heavy rain, seen 2 Yellowhammers calling on the byway. Got to Newton St Loe church, where 2 Kestrels (1 adult with juvenile), where both were perched on the gargoyle, being harassed by crows. Stopped raining when got to the Lake, got to the bottom lake, with 2 Little Owls sat on perches, on the crossover for the top lake, 1 Kingfisher sat 20 foot away with a MASSIVE fish, almost same size as him. On the top lake, another two fly-past Kingfisher, most we've ever seen in the area! 2 Grey Heron's with the usual stuff for the top lake. A nice, very close Roe Deer was feet away from me, could only manage 100mm otherwise to close, not often we can say that! Walked back along the Uni drive, decided to walk around on the field, about a field and half away was a young Fox yawning and stretching, first time we have ever seen a live Fox around our area and in full view midday was a bonus!
Weather:  Sunny, With Heavy Showers + Thunder
Other Species:  Coal Tit, 3 Kestrel, 3 Kingfisher, 2 Little Owl, 2 Buzzard, 2 Yellowhammer, Greenfinch, 2 Grey Heron - OF NOTE
Other Mammals: Fox, Roe Deer, 2 Field Mice

2 Little Owls - Pair

Kingfisher - Look of the size of that!

Fox (Rare for us!)

Roe Deer - Too Close!

Also, a belated sighting of a WHITE STORK! spotted at Baltonsborough in the fields, whilst a friend was grass cutting (I wasn’t there otherwise this would have been mentioned on the day!)
It was spotted between 12-1pm (lunchtime) on the 29th June, near Clapps Farm.


Taken from tractor window

Photo credit - Mark Horton

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