Monday, 26 December 2016

Boxing Day Wander....

Date: 26th December 2016
Location: Newton Park Lake
Weather: Blue Sky, Cold Wind, Sunny
Other Species: 2 Bullfinch, 2+ Coal Tit, 30+ Blackbird, 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Grey Wagtail, 40+ Jackdaw, 15+ Crow, 2 Raven, 40+ Rook, 5 Buzzard, 1 Sparrowhawk, 5+ Goldcrest, 2 Nuthatch, 11+ Common Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 21 Lesser Black Backed Gull, 30+ Black-Headed Gull, 1 Green Woodpecker, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Siskin, 1 Mute Swan, 40 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 8 Goosander, 2 Mistle Thrush, 3 Song Thrush, 1 Treecreeper, 30+ Redwing -
Full Sightings Here:

Observation: A bit of belated news from Christmas Day, 2 Redwing and a single Song Thrush taking advantage of our Rowan Berries on our tree, no sign of any Waxwings yet!

A sunny wander out to Newton Park Lake today, before the family come back around later. A single Song Thrush returned on our Berries just as we were leaving, but no pictures. A new addition to our tree was a little Wren who has been present quite a lot recently feeding on the dropped Sunflower Hearts, haven't had one in our garden since March 2014.

Through Bath Mill, a fly-past Male Sparrowhawk who flew across into the fields searching along the hedgerows. Onto the Dog Walk was pretty quite with only the usual suspects Crow, Magpie, Robin and Blackbirds. As we entered the Dog Walk a distant Green Woodpecker called out. The fruit trees at the top of the Dog Walk still full of apples and Blackbirds, today's total was 21 so still rising.
A very distant Buzzard in the far Globe fields taking our list to 20.

In the Village, plenty of people out enjoying the sunshine, a pretty low count of 3 House Sparrow for the Village.

Through the Church, the Blackbird and Redwings still enjoying the apples in the Orchard along with a Mistle Thrush high in the tree's sounding like a Rattlesnake!

At Send-A-Cow, 2 Song Thrush and a single Robin were feeding together in the field.

Along with 40+ Rook, 10+ Crow and 40+ Jackdaw as normal in the same field.

At the Lake, there was rumoured to be a duck hunt but we arrived and were glad there was no sign of any hunt! A Kingfisher came zooming down the Bottom Lake and landed on the far side (as always!).

We had previous reports of Siskin on the Bottom Lake, but were yet to get a picture to confirm the ID. Today was the day back in 2010 we had the first Siskin on the Patch, in the same place today we secured a picture of the Siskin.

Only a single Male photographed today but possibly more.
Not a very sharp picture.. but it's a Siskin!

On Top Lake, still only the single Female Mute Swan, getting very concerned for the Male now, but will keep searching for him.

A single Grey Heron sat in the tree's. Also 7 Common Gulls, 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls and 20 Black-Headed Gulls flying around the Lake.

As we sat in our normal spot for a count 3 Buzzard's came over the Lake, which moved all the Teal and Goosander into one spot in the corner of the Lake, which made it very easy to count everything! 8 Goosander and 40 Teal (one Female seems to be staying separate from all other Teal and ducks, but seems to be feeding well, very strange!)

One of the Buzzard's today was a dark morph, the head seems to almost be black.

A nice wide shot of the Goosander's and some of the Teal today.
4 Male and 4 Female's.

Around the corner, we had Treecreeper, Coal Tit and Nuthatch.

A single Pied Wagtail in the College grounds, numbers down from a few weeks back also.

We returned back through the Village, no sign of the Yellowhammer or Stonechat today, but plenty of Magpies and Crow's present.

Finally back at Bath Mill, a single Grey Wagtail back on the brook. We finished the walk on 42, not bad for a December count!

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