Sunday, 29 October 2017

Winter Thrushes + Barn Owl

Date: 29/10/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Cloudy some sun, turning colder
Species Highlights: 
Barn Owl, Kestrel, Redwing, Greenfinch, Mistle Thrush.
Our feeders are full of Goldfinch this morning Lauren counted 38 a new record plus a female Bullfinch along with normal Blue & Great Tits.

Normal patch walk today, Nothing going on through campsite, been very quiet along brook recently. Up onto fields and Skylark numbers still around 10+ with a flock of Meadow Pipits buzzing across fields, so hard to id as to the light and speed they were flashing in front of me, i stand corrected if anyone says id different ?

Difficult from pictures i know !

Male Kestrel hunting on lower fields with Lesser Black Backed Gulls swarming over bypass fields, farming ploughing.
Mistle Thrush numbers climbing saw at least 7 in Church trees plus a few Redwing in Village.

Bottom lake Black Headed Gulls and Billy still. Top Lake Also quiet 2 Mute plus cygnet still was the best of it, Black Headed Gulls into the 30's.

Walked on up into College by Yew trees Song Thrush and Redwing still feeding although getting a shot a different matter! 

Under Yews thought i saw a Hawfinch!! It was dark and i was hoping, it was a Greenfinch 4 in total, shame seems to be so many coming through at moment, Coal Tits, Goldcrest also feeding under.

 Back along College drive and Crows. Rook and Jackdaw feeding.

Still a few Red Admiral about, keeping a record just to see.

More Redwing's on my return route with more Mistle Thrush too.
Female Kestrel in normal spot on the hunt.

She so jumpy doesn't let me get very close, used the cover of hedge row to get within camera distance.

And that was it a total count of 41 species, decided to check on owls as clocks went back today and Friday night i saw Barn Owl fly in front of me on my way to work. 

Walked out to village nothing, on return we heard a Call and Barn Owl flew high over our heads, very happy to see, not so happy with my picture but hey, a Barn Owl 
( that's what you call a RECORD shot!!) also heard Tawny call a few times, a Male.

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