Friday, 30 December 2016

Last Patch Walk of 2016 (unless i go out tomorrow ! )

Date: 30/12/2016
Location: Newton St Loe- Patch
 Frosty start but sunshine blue skies until end where cloud and duller conditions.
Species Highlights
2 Marsh Tits, 3 Buzzard, 3 Nuthatch, 3 Stock Dove,2 Kingfisher.
Lauren ideal get up early she said and do a patch walk, so with a heavy frost we headed out through Bath Mill with very little to show for the early start. Up on to fields and the fog and mist still hanging over the the valley but looking pretty good.

Picking up a few ticks like Fieldfare, Redwing, Buzzard and House Sparrow at village, all the expected stuff. Saw this Mistle Thrush high up in Convert Woodland. bit further away than on our tree where it was yesterday...not the same one !

On to Lakes and bottom lake a bit of ice,thin. Lots of fisherman but didnt stop Mr.& Mrs Kingfisher perched up on far side.

Up on to Top lake and frozen well bottom end was anyway still only one female Mute swan but over 50 Mallards only 2 Teal ice making it hard for them apart from 50+ Black Headed , 3 Lesser Black backed gulls and only 2 Moorhen that was yer lot on lake. In the woodland surrounding lake though 3 Stock dove bit unusual here normally see them top fields but it all counts! Goldcrests and Nuthatches also.

Top end of lake by bridge this lone Roe Deer feeding and drinking from the non frozen bit. It shows why 
ALL DOGS should be on leads here ! Of the Dog walkers we saw only 50% of dogs were on leads !

Thought we'd walk on to top Woodland but nothing at all here so started to walk back through woodland and heard some Marsh Tits with Goldcrest .

I think this is what they call Showing well !

The 2 Marsh Tits we saw didn't keep still much, 
but still enough to get some great shots of them !

Such little beauties ! The dark woodland at this point seemed to get much brighter and the marshies even stopped for a second .. Thanks !

Walked back along past lakes scanning for Siskin or Redpoll but None were seen. This Grey Wagtail showed nicely though, picking up the seed we dropped earlier.

Thinking that this would be last tick of the day still managed 20 Meadow Pipit and 2 Stonechat in Horses Fields and to finish walk 2 Yellowhammer ! 
Excellent and ending walk on a respectable 46 ! 
Not bad at all, take a look at Spreadsheet to see this years birds and counts, let me know what you think !

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