Friday, 20 January 2017

Patch Total of 51 (A Record)

Date: 19/01/2017
Location: Newton St Loe - Patch
Weather: Clear Blue Skies, Frosty start.
Species Highlights
Little Owl, Goosander, Little Grebe - Read on for rest.

Blue skies & Thursday, patch walk it was with Robert, BOC and other patch birder.
Been doing this patch for 7 years and me and Lauren who run NSLBIRDING always thought it was possible to reach 50 species on our patch walks but never quite managed it, 44, 45, 47 but never 50. 
I do a walk at least twice a week sometimes 3 times. 

Today was started as usual out through Bath Mill. 1.Blue Tits 2. Great Tits 3. Goldfinch 4.Blackbird 5. Bullfinch 6. Chaffinch 7. Robin 8. Wood Pigeon 9. Magpie 10. Lesser Black Blacked Gull fly over doing ok but all the normal.
Up on to Fields and 11. Dunnock 12. Sparrowhawk, nice, first one for the year then 
13. Two Buzzard. 14. Skylark 8 of them in fields by telephone mast.

By Pennyquick crossroads on 20 Species. Then into Village Pied Wagtail and Grey Wagtail, House Sparrow doing ok, on to church Nuthatch high in trees.

Mistle Thrush in the sunshine if only he was 40 foot lower would have been a good shot.

While watching Great Spotted Woodpecker heard calling then spotted it.

Down to Send a Cow, Rook, Jackdaw, Crow and a calling Raven, Corvid City!
Plus 20 Redwing coming from cover in tree's.

So now on 30 Species all normal still, Goosander number still rising with 30 covering the lake, another record. Also new in Little Grebe and a 3rd Coot. This a second Grey Heron, if only that branch wasn't in way!

Goosander's feeding, constantly diving, but don't see them catch much, maybe they eat it before they surface as Black Headed Gulls and Lesser Black Backed Gulls harass them?

Anyways on 42 Species at this point. 
Little Owl found, just, not seen him since 11/07/2016 so very pleased to see him. Didn't try to get close as he was watching me and disappeared shortly after this distant shot.

44 Species looking good, next Meadow Pipit up by Park Farm at least 5 in Farm feeding from floor. With Pied Wagtails and Chaffinches buzzing around farm buildings.

So with 8 needed we carried on thinking what we'd missed and what we needed. 

46. Treecreeper 
Quickly followed by the yaffle of a Green Woodpecker. 47.
Then 48 was a Pheasant. 
49. Fieldfare with lots of Redwing feeding in Fields .

Carried on binoculars permanently fixed to eyes now scanning every tree, field and bush for 1 more species at Haycombe Farm  at least 20 Yellowhammer. 
50 Species but wait there's more! 
(Sorry about picture shaking with excitement!)

Linnet distant, but Linnet taking my new Patch total to 51 Species, at least 10, more like 20 birds on Cemetery border. (Thanks Glen)

Amazing to think no Coal Tit, Herring Gull, Kestrel, Stock Dove, Stonechat which all are normal ticks! Potential of 60!  

Thanks for company Robert 2 eyes it seems better than 1.
Plus on walk had 2 Roe Deer and a Fox.
(Sorry to Lauren, for missing the great day! 60 next time )

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