Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Butterflies, Dragonflies and Fieldfare!

Date: 09/11/2016
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Started Blue but soon turned Grey.
Other Species:
Red Admiral 2+1 (Seven Acre Windy/Cold. But Sunny) 

1 Yellowhammer, 2 Stock Dove, Skylark, 3 Buzzard, 5 Linnet 

2 Greenfinch, 1 Sparrowhawk, 60+ Redwing, 3 (Female) Goosander, 4 Teal 
50+ Fieldfare, 40 Chaffinch, 2 Stonechat (M/F), Greater Spotted Woodpecker
No walk with Andy today so headed around Patch to see what was about and 3 Red Admiral at Seven Acre! Wasn't expecting that! They look pretty fresh so maybe newly emerged?

2 Stock Dove with Wood Pigeon and Corvids on Top Fields, could only see 3 Skylark feeding also 1 Yellowhammer and a group of Linnet. At Village thought I saw a fly over Lapwing!! 50% sure but no photo doesn't go on list, first time I saw a Lapwing was May 2010 on patch now a very very rare visitor.
On to Lakes and Goosander!

3 Females Top End, Top Lake last year they arrived in December and stayed till March so hoping they do similar as a excellent edition to Lake!

Keeping over far side but managed to sneak down to the Log.

Did full Patch walk so out past College football fields and the 2 small ponds where a couple of Common Darters were catching a bit of Sunshine.

Had a small number of Redwings at lake maybe 5 or so but as I approached Stanton Prior a large mixed flock was overhead Fieldfare and Redwings.

Gun Dicks were shooting in nearby Stantonbury Woods and this Roe Deer was having none of it, watched it run across 4 fields from the direction of the woods!

Could see Fieldfare and Redwings in Trees but couldn't get picture so this Goldcrest was a nice distraction.

Such a great little bird when they stay still!

The Fieldfare and Redwing now seemed a bit more at ease distant but not all flying off when I pointed the camera at them.

I'd estimate 50 Fieldfare and 60 Redwing.

With a ISO of 2000 managed a couple of flight shots.

Then a large group of Fieldfare flew right over the top of me!

They Flew out of sight but i'm sure they'll be back soon. Ended walk on 45 not too shabby! Also worth a note was a Chaffinch flock at Park Farm some 40+ individuals!

Thanks For Looking !

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