Tuesday, 19 December 2017

A Patch Record 53 species

Date: 19/12/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Frosty start some blue, some cloud

Full list & spreadsheet here:

Linnets, Yellowhammer, Goosander, Kingfisher, Treecreeper.
Started my walk around 10am out through Bath Mill and a frosty start to the day Plenty of Robin, Blackbirds up onto Dog Track. Bullfinch being the best before fields.
On to fields and could see 3 Skylarks then 5 Meadow pipits. 
But main highlight here was the flock of Linnet at least 150 birds seen feeding on fields.

 Brilliant to watch.

Carried on along byway and the normal numbers of Wood Pigeon on Seven acre wood and surrounding trees 150+. Got to Globe watch point and sat down on my new tyre seat, making use of fly tipping!! 
A group of 10+ Yellowhammers were in their normal spot mixed in a few Chaffinch.

On along towards Pennyquick, Buzzard on tree, normal stuff into village but a lack of Redwing and Fieldfare only 1 Fieldfare in Church orchard, strange. 
5 Common gulls, Black Headed + Lesser Black Backed feeding with Rook, Crow and Jackdaws in back drive fields from Send a Cow.

Spoke to Welders who are making a new sty/kissing gate onto fishing lake, must take a picture, it's the most confusing kissing gate ever!! Even the welders were scratching their heads to how it was going to work. Apparently Bath Spa plans!!. Picture to follow.

Kingfisher perched up cleaning and Billy the Mute still on Bottom lake, really pleased to see a female Goosander appear.

After taking a few snaps, a male appeared overhead and landed on lake.

Then another male.

4 cormorants on fir tree in between lakes and then 4 Goosander flew and landed on top lake, i presume same birds from bottom with a extra male.

1 Little Grebe seen running across lake and then disappeared. Fed the Mallards and the 3 Mutes and then myself then carried on, while walking towards top of lake a small bird caught my eye a Chiffchaff feeding, RSPB says 500-1000 overwintering birds.

Carried on out through College, no students so all very quiet and peaceful. Walked out towards Stanton Prior then up conservation path to Park View Farm where a single song Thrush and 10+ Chaffinch were seen. 
Was hoping for a Hawfinch or Crossbill or even a Brambling but nothing going on! At this point i thought i'd count up on spreadsheet what i'd seen and was surprised i'd seen 48 species !! Carried on Treecreeper, Herring Gull and 50.

At this point i still had not seen any Redwing so i was keeping my eyes peeled, 3 Stock Dove on trees overlooking college, nice record broken! Previously record set with Robert Hargreaves and me 19/01/2017. On 51 then a Greater Spotted Woodpecker followed by 2 more back in village. while chatting to a local 8 Redwing landed in trees taking the list to 53 species amazing, still missed today Goldcrest, Kestrel all regulars.

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