Saturday, 31 December 2016

Last Patch walk for 2016

Date: 31/12/2016
Location: Newton St Loe- Patch
Weather: Very grey overcast some drizzle
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Highlight Species: 
Fieldfare, Buzzard, Kingfisher, 8 Bullfinch, Kestrel, 8 Goosander, 
Plus a Possible Green Winged Teal !
Not raining and wife and kids away so up and out for a last wander round patch.
It didnt disappoint ! First of a few Bullfinches counted 8 on the whole walk and not on our tree, which is where i normally see them.

Redwing and Fieldfare kept popping overhead on most of the walk with 2 Greater Spotted woodpecker also. At lake lots of Black Headed Gulls at least 120 !  Goosander are back after it being frozen yesterday but only 5 Teal.... and the return of a Coot . 
Whoohoo !

Teal... Green Winged or not Green Winged ?
1. smaller than other Teal.
2. never mixes with other Teal
3.seems to have a smallish brown colour on wing after green(but couldnt get photo of this)
Have asked for help on id. At the moment its looking like a anti social Eurasian Teal !
have got other photos but not a open wing shot . i'll keep trying.

Walked back same way and the Kingfisher was on bottom lake again , briefly.

At Village Redwing and Fieldfare in tree's by church. Bells were ringing earlier for at least a hour very noisey ! No birds when i passed earlier.

By entrance to back drive of Newton Park College there's a small Apple tree and under it Redwing feeding.

About 5 on floor and in tree but very jumpy.

While watching a single Fieldfare landed, iso 3200 and slow shutter but not bad.

Small sticks so annoying !

Moved a couple of paces and they all flew off ! 
last shot before they did.

A female Kestrel overseeing the fields where we normally see Meadow Pipits and Stonechats, luckily saw both earlier on walk. But always nice to see Kestrel.

On arriving home this Mistle Thrush was feeding on the Berries, great balancing.

Took these through the window on f5.6 iso 5000 and shutter 160!  came out pretty good .
Ended walk on 43 species .

Looking forward to next year. 
This years species count was 81 That's 10 better than previous year ! who know 100 species 2017 ? here's hoping !!

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