Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Tuesday Patch Walk

Date: 10/10/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Grey clouds some rain
Species Highlights: 
Skylark, Sparrowhawk, Kestrel, Buzzard, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Stonechat
Headed out around patch after a very quick visit yesterday to do Webs Count below.

Not a great deal going on at lake, still waiting for Teal plus a few other ducks to appear. Although yesterday did see a Siskin in between lakes, that takes our 2017 patch tick total to 82 equaling the 2016 final count .So one more bird would beat our previous record, fingers crossed.

On to today, out through Bath Mill extremely quiet, up on to fields and Skylarks numbers at around 6 birds but more on floors im sure. Farmer cutting Sweet Corn fields so lots of activity and a fair few crows in fields. Spotted a Sparrowhawk being mobbed by Crows along with a Buzzard also having a rough time with Crows, record shot!

A few Linnet around but numbers lower than last week, Village Pied Wagtail but little else. Send a cow Woodland still producing a few birds Coal Tit, Mistle Thrush, Song Thrush, Buzzard and Greater Spotted Woodpecker. As i was crossing Bath Spa drive another Sparrowhawk flew across path and away into Herony field.

At lake little change from previous day except the Coots have gone missing, a circling Raven and a darting Kingfisher. 
Had a altercation with a female dog walker who when i asked if she could put dog on lead as Billy our single swan on lower lake was on path, decided to abuse me calling a Traffic warden, and i should get a life ! LOL! 
(Signs up saying ALL DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS)
I made sure her 3 dogs didn't get billy and carried on.
Back towards Village a Single Greenfinch near church, House Sparrows still good numbers and lots of Juveniles taking it easy.

Snooze time.

Did hear their hedge was gonna be ripped out, i hope not but i'll keep a eye on Farm Shop.

Another Buzzard getting hassle over village

Light was awful and rain was falling as drizzle. The Buzzard won i think soaring away from the Crows.

Really please that the Stonechats have returned to horse fields saw 2 birds feeding.

Heavy dark skies, rain pending, i'm still 20mins from home!

10 mins away and i think it's missed me.

As the normal i was on 39 species when into view and almost over my house this Male Kestrel appeared hunting on Sunny bank 40 Species and dry.

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