Sunday, 5 November 2017

Guy Fawkes - Patch Wander

Date: 5th November 2017 - Guy Fawkes
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Sunny Intervals, Heavy Rain Showers, Cold Wind
Species Highlights: 2 Buzzard, 9 Chaffinch, 2 Bullfinch, 1 Kestrel, 50+ Meadow Pipit, 1 Little Grebe, 1 Coot, 13 Mistle Thrush, 25+ Redwing, 1 Song Thrush, 1 Stock Dove

Observation: A good start to the day, with 11 species seen on just the feeders, the highlight being the return of our Bullfinch pair, 2 Buzzard and 3 Chaffinch also.

Out through Bath Mill, quiet with just the usual birds seen. Through the Dog Walk, a increase in Goldcrest and Goldfinch, feeding in the trees.

On the Top Fields, 3 further Buzzard, a group of 50+ Meadow Pipit and some fly-through Starling seen. The Village had the usual bird, but there seemed to be a surge in Pied Wagtail with 7 seen and Goldfinch, Long-Tailed Tit and House Sparrow, filling the tree's.

Also a single Green Woodpecker, and 2 Greater-Spotted Woodpecker flying through. A flock of 25+ Redwing, and 13 Mistle Thrush seen on the walk.

Bottom Lake, the usual small group of Mallard, a single Grey Wagtail, Billy (the Mute Swan) and 2 Black-Headed Gull present.

Top Lake, 33 Mallard, 4 Moorhen, 2 Grey Heron, 3 Mute Swan (still 1 Cygnet with the adults). A single Coot and a Female Little Grebe have returned, first time since 30th March!

Throughout the walk and heavy downpours, a constant flock of Crow/Jackdaw seen with a over 200 combined! Gull's heading for roost, flying over the patch in large numbers, 39 Black-Headed Gull's on Top Lake. Also Feral Pigeons overtook Wood Pigeons today with 50 - 15 and a single Stock Dove.

It rained for most the way back, but the Female Kestrel was perched in the field in the Village.

We ended the walk with a double rainbow and on a steady 43 species count, full list here: Spreadsheet

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