Tuesday, 29 November 2016

Goosanders Return and Depart!

Date: 29/11/2016
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe 
Weather: Cold but stunning blue skies and sunshine

Very cold morning frost everywhere but the sky totally clear not a cloud to spoil the view! Feeders full of Goldfinch, Blue Tits and Great Tits plus a couple of Coal Tits, A visiting Pied Wagtail is running the gauntlet of the car park always keeping a couple of steps in front the cats! The Brook now back to normal level and very little on it. On up to the dog track and a noise I recognised from the summer a Chiffchaff!

Carried on up on to fields and a Buzzard feeding with a few Black Headed Gulls on field. Managed a shot through the undergrowth.. Just

Also 2 Common Gulls circling on same field. Unusual to see Black Headed and Common Gulls on these fields.

 Further up the Byway a hunting Kestrel, didn't see it catch but always nice to see.

Overlooking the globe fields on to A4 and Bypass 5 train spotters were scattered across field waiting for steam train? I looked on web no steam train till tomorrow, the LNER A4 Class 4-6-2 no 60019 Bittern is scheduled lunch time, Wednesday, so strange!

On in to Village and apart from a single Fieldfare and Nuthatches final count 5 not a lot about. On to Lakes and 4 Mute Swans although only 2 on top lake, a Male in between Lakes and a Female at top of hill by Keep, eyeing up the lake.
While sat trying to educate a dumb dog walker with no luck!!! 
The 4 Goosanders came whizzing on to lake!

4 Females immediately started to feed, being surrounded by Black Headed Gulls. 5 Teal also on lake.

Then ahot air balloon appeared from the College a bit usual and Goosander and the Teal took flight a disappeared!

So with that I disappeared and carried on home seeing the dumb ass dog walker cutting across cow fields where no footpath exists! Typical!
But a super walk all the same, a low count of only 30 species.

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