Sunday, 4 September 2016

2 Shoveller ! 3 Wheatear !

Date: 04/09/2016
Location: Newton St Loe -Patch
Weather: Cloudy grey skies
Other Species: 
Song Thrush, Goldfinch, Bullfinch, Collared Dove, Wood Pigeon, White Pigeon, Coal Tit, Wheatear, Yellowhammer, Buzzard, House Martin, Spotted Flycatcher, Barn Swallow, Chiffchaff, Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail, Mute Swan, Cormorant, Green WoodPecker, Mistle Thrush, Raven, Shoveller, Starling
Opened front door and a Song Thrush on door step didn't hang around but nice to see so close, headed out in to Bath mill and all the resident species about. But then up to Seven Acre fields and a familiar sound a Wheatear !! On looking spotted a further 2 more making 3 total, Year Patch list now stands at 79
Last time i saw Wheatear on patch was Home Farm so being so close to home cool !

Being so close to home doesn't mean close picture, very flighty !

Carried on across fields motorbikes on byway, car dumped on crossroads and a dumbass in jeep drove straight across cornfield !! Giving me a heart attack, normally so quiet !
But anyway checking out lower fields by Globe pub 2 Buzzards plus 2 White Pigeon don't think i can count those as a different species ?
On into Village and lots of House Martins around 50+ buzzing about fewer Barn Swallows although still a few down by send a Cow numbers @ 20. House Martins still in nests too.

On out to Lakes and a large group of Mistle thrush at least 30 birds feeding with Green Woodpeckers also, at upper lake this Roe Deer came wandering down to feed about 40 ft from me ! 
Rspb have checked out the single Mute Swan and upper lake the other 6 swans including 4 Cygnets and 2 parents seem to spend more time on lower lake leaving single cygnet on upper, apparently he's got a dodgy leg but RSPB says he's fine . Seems to be doing ok, i'll keep a eye on him.

While chatting to a responsible dog walker !! i know didn't know there were any right ! But after they walked off check lake one last time and 2 Shoveller appeared!! 1 male and 1 female, Excellent so a Year and New Patch tick ! the 89th and this years 80th tick.

Flying about a bit not really settled but cracking all the same.

Adult male on the moult.

Brilliant news, so on out through the very quiet College with no students, not for long, there back next week and a single Spotted Flycatcher on the big cedar opposite manor house. At the Security house i spotted a Hare.

The above shot was about 10 ft from him ! took a few more and he decided to dart off but first posing a little more. A few more Buzzard and i was home a great walk today. 

Off to Mallorca tuesday so hope to get some new ticks .
Stay tuned !

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