Thursday, 17 March 2016

Bit of Common stuff today

Date: 17/03/2016
Location: Victoria Park - Bath + Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Lovely warmish day with stunning blue skies
Other Species: 
VP - Goldcrest, Magpie, Grey Heron, Lesser Black Backed, Herring Gulls.
NSL - Buzzard, Raven, Bullfinch, Fieldfare, Yellowhammer, Jay, Green & Greater Spotted Woodpeckers, Nuthatch, Teal - Plus a few others 
Van in for MOT today so a short walk up to Victoria Park in Bath, glorious sunshine and lovely blue skies, so first Botanical Gardens where very little was stirring. Wood Pigeon coming in for some peanuts, as usual !!

 Magpie, Crow and Robin best of the rest. So headed on down to duck ponds.

Had a Goldcrest almost fly in my ear, so close no hope of focusing but a lovely close encounter, as also this Grey Heron looked beautiful and so still !

Plenty of great looking Gulls, Lesser Black Backed darting over the Ponds doing the 
classic call of Mine !! Mine !!

Nuisance ! Yeah right stunning I'd say !

The only other gull was Herring Gull manage this great posing pair male and female I'd say.
The Herring Gull is on Bird Life International IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Urban Wildlife at its best and Bath City Council gonna remove nests at a cost of £85000 ! Money well spent mmmmm ......
Also a sign saying Stop feeding Ducks Bread might be good ! ,look at link
After trying to point this out to a few people not sure how this went I decided to leave

This Lesser looked stunned at the silence when a lady said 
"I don't see the point of birds !"
While she was feeding them with her kids ??!

Also a group a Feral Pigeons looking amazing in the sunshine .

Next on to my patch, very quiet up through Bath Mill, Skylark up singing, 3 Buzzards over and on Seven Acre fields while farmer ploughing.

Although a very quiet day out to lakes with a total count of only 38 species,the blue skies and warm sunshine made me think of Springtime and Summer on its way, Butterflies and Swallows soon to arrive !
In the Heronry total of 4 Grey Heron (3 on nests). At 'Top Lake' the swans fighting for territory with this juvenile landing briefly.

Only to be pecked and chased up and down lake a few times.

Then left flying down onto Lower Lake.
O yeah, the van passed its MOT !

Thanks for reading, 
or just looking :)

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