Sunday, 16 April 2017

Easter Sunday Patch

Date: 16th April 2017
Location: Newton Park Lake
Weather: Cloudy, Sunny Intervals and Warm
Other Species: 4 Bullfinch, 4 Greenfinch, 2 Stock Dove, 3 Blackcap, 3 Grey Wagtail, 2 Yellowhammer, 2 Raven, 2 Buzzard, 4 Skylark, 4 Linnet, 2 Nuthatch, 3 Green Woodpecker, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 1 Mistle Thrush, 20+ Barn Swallow, 1 Barn Owl, 1 Tawny Owl, 8 Chiffchaff, 1 Willow Warbler - Of Note
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Observation: Few people about through Bath Mill, so pretty quiet, a single Holly Blue butterfly and the normal suspects Blackbird, Robin, Crows and Wood Pigeons.
Onto the Dog Walk, a Roe Deer (Stag) playing hide and seek!

A single Buzzard and a distant fly-past Barn Swallow were the best so far.

Just past the Crossroads, a few more butterflies landing as the sun come out.

Speckled Wood

Orange-Tip (Male)

As we approached Pennyquick, two Yellowhammer flew over. As we crossed the road we spotted the Male feeding on the floor, where we finally got some nice shots from the wall!

As a car passed, he then flew up and landed in the Blossom tree.

Through the Village, there were 3 Barn Swallows feeding in the nearby fields.

Just before the Workshop Covert the other side of Newton Church were 2 Greenfinch calling away along with singing Blackcap, a single Long-Tailed Tit.

Before a visit to the Lakes, we checked the Heronry and lots more birds a total on 6 adult birds (5 on next) and 2 chicks also present. A Single Cormorant also with the Grey Heron's today.

On Corston Brook a single Moorhen and Mallard feeding along with a Grey Wagtail (Male) having a quick clean. Bottom Lake there were 4 Mallard and 2 Lesser Black-Backed Gulls.

On the approach to Top Lake, this Green Woodpecker was sat watching us!

Top Lake had the usual suspects, 11 Mallard, 2 Moorhen, 4 Coot, 5 Teal (Only 1 Male), and plenty of idiot Dog Walkers ignoring signs!

The Mute Swan pair are still doing well, Female sat on nest (still unsure on egg numbers) whilst Male chases off anything that moves!

All of a sudden a small group of 3 Barn Swallow arrived, shortly followed by another 4.
Great to see they are arriving back and missed the chirpy calls!

An additional 2 Grey Heron on Top Lake also.

No sign of any Little Grebe or Tufted Duck so numbers of Waterfowl currently down.

A distant Tawny Owl was heard walking back along Top Lake.

On our return route a very brave Chiffchaff came and landed next to us and started singing loudly!

Not alot of note back through, the Village produced 4 Linnet and a few more Barn Swallows through the fields. Also a single Mistle Thrush feeding with some Blackbirds.

A good walk ended on 46 Species of Birds, 4 Species of Butterfly,
1 Roe Deer and 6 Rabbits!

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