Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Patch Ticks Now At 85

Date: 22/03/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Cloudy, Dry
Other Species: Jay, Goldcrest, Redwing, Green & Greater Spotted Woodpecker, Skylark, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Buzzard X5, Kestrel x2, Bullfinch, Greenfinch, Kingfisher, Treecreeper, Teal 15, Stock Dove 2, Yellowhammer 26, Fieldfare - Total Species 44

Over the past few days we've heard reports of our Roe Deer being targeted by dickhead hunters!! Apparently 3 Deer were shot and carcasses left, police were called. The land is owned by the Duchy of Cornwall and hunting is strictly monitored. The Stag Roe pictured here was apparently shot and killed but I found him today healthy and as usual after I took one picture he darted off! So confused, I'll update when I get more news,
Hope I come across these so called hunters !!

Normal stuff on fields Skylark number at around 5/6 up and singing, at Village this Mistle Thrush high up in the Duchy conifers.

Spotted a few nests Long Tailed Tit nest, amazing ! 
Crows gathering wool and the Grey Herons still in the Herony although only 2 today. In between the Lakes saw 1 Kingfisher and 2 Treecreepers.

At The ponds, Newton Campus this Greater Spotted Woodpecker calling 

Towards Stanton Prior then on up towards Park Farm spotted a new patch tick 2 Stock Doves !!
Although  spotted them couple of weeks back me and Lauren not seen them yet so picture proof always good !

Takes our Patch List now to 85 since 2011, not bad. 
Average walk seems to add up to around 40 species 

On up at Park Farm Yellowhammer numbers good with 26 counted highest to date !

They never let you get that close but are stunning to look at. I'm sure there's a few more as always leap frogging over each other.

While watching this Kestrel made a catch small mouse by the look of it, great to see as normally we just see them hunt without catching, saw the male and female today. Also 5 Buzzards.
Walk took 3.5 hours well worth the effort.

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