Sunday, 12 March 2017

WeBS and Patch Walk

Date: 12/03/2017
Location: Patch - Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey Skies turning to Drizzle
Highlight Species: 
Buzzard, Skylark, Meadow Pipit, Little Grebe, Chiffchaff, Treecreeper,
Stock Dove, Grey Heron with 4 on nests

WeBS count today so out through Bath Mill as the norm. Really pleased to hear and see 3 Chiffchaff singing, the first ones this year and first since 29/11. On up on to fields and Buzzards circling above 7 Acre counted 4 together with a further 2 on rest of walk, circling and tumbling going on, courtship displays. 
Met up with Robert & Anne at Send a Cow and Song Thrush, Redwing & Mistle Thrushes added to list.

Lots of Nuthatches about today calling and scurrying around the trees. Grey skies not helping photography today!

At least 5 Birds seen in between fisherman's car park and top lake.

WEBS count a bit poor.
Coot 3
 Cormorant 1
Grey Heron 10 of which 4 now on nests
Kingfisher 1
Little Grebe 2 (1M / 1F) a first
Mallard 13 - Poorest count for some time?
Moorhen 6 
Mute Swan 2
Teal 16 
Black-headed Gull 4
Lesser Black-Backed Gull 2 
Grey Wagtail 1
Jackdaw 3

Round the Lake many Goldcrest calling a darting around and hawk eyed Anne spotted 3 Treecreeper!

Really nice to see these great little birds, 
Robert spotted another round the corner as well, making 4 individuals.

As I said Goldcrest everywhere although some of us couldn't hear them!
(First bird to be lost to hearing, Goldcrest sing at around 8 HZ test your ears here
I can hear up to 18HZ
 I could hear them and counted at least 13 birds.

At end of lake another Goldcrest distantly bathing.

A few flowers starting to come out these in the college grounds called Siberian Squill or Wood Squill, I think?

Leaving Robert and Anne heard a Stock Dove them saw 2 more with Starling and 6 more Redwing, plus a group of 25ish Meadow Pipits ending the day on a very respectable 47 species.
Cheers for now and here's to sunnier days!

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