Friday, 14 April 2017

The predator

Date: 13/04/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey and cold
Other Species: 
Buzzard, Kestrel, Skylark, Kingfisher, Barn Owl, Grey Wagtail.
All species
No Butterflies today as Grey skies and quiet nippy out so decided on a patch walk, Through Bath Mill not a lot apart from Wren, Blackbirds and Robins so on up to Fields and this very Pale Buzzard circling with another, not the normal buzzard but have seen this one far end of Bath Spa before.

Down on through village and church with a few more Chiffchaffs, a couple of Willow Warblers and also Blackcap in Send a Cow Woodland. 
A walk along to Herony and a distant Kingfisher which i've not seen for a month! Not a bad shot as i was so far away ! The Herons doing ok 5 on nest but no little pterodactyl yet !

Saw 4 Grey Wagtail today, 2 Waterfall and 2 far end of lake 2, love the male, great little birds.

At lake had to speak nicely to a Dog walker, telling him about the Swan attack and put your fricking dog on a lead ! It seems they just can't read, well 80% anyway, he did, then said i know you you're on tele aren't you ? I answered yes i'm Simon King and he wandered off, smiling !
But while munching my apple 2 Lesser Black backed were on patrol and heard a commotion a managed to pick up camera then watched the gulls pick off one by one the Ducklings.

 The Mallards of which there were 2 broods and 12 Ducklings in total, were soon whittled down to 7 ducklings :( sad, but you can't blame the gulls.
We've all gotta eat !

I once watched a herring gull hoover up 5 Moorhen Chicks right in front of me while i floated up the River in my canoe, the moorhen came right along side me for protection but this didn't stop the gull! 5 all alive !

After lunch....More Blackcaps and Nuthatch calling all around lakes and this great little Goldcrest of which there were at least 5 in one tree.

Mute Swan still on nest, covering the eggs so still not sure how many eggs.

While feeding the Male Swan Mrs Mallard and the lone survivor came down my end of lake, hope he makes it !

Blackcap singing loudly but a bit shy, not really showing well.
Counted 4 in Send a cow Woodland on way back.

Nothing much in Village on way back through, apart from our resident Barn Owl, still not seen hunt this year. This taken from 2 fields away as not to disturb him.
Ended walk on 45 species. 
No Swallows or Martins and no Bullfinch today on walk and on Feeders ?

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