Sunday, 24 December 2017

Christmas Eve & another 53 species walk.

Date: 24/12/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Overcast, Grey.
Species Highlights: 

Yellowhammer, Treecreeper, Goosander, Tawny, Greenfinch.
Full list & spreadsheet here:

Observation: 
Lauren joined me today on the walk, still annoyed that she still hasn't got to the magical 50+ species on our patch after my 53 species record breaker. So today it was all to play for.

Headed out with the normal stuff but nice to see the Linnets and yellowhammers still on fields with a large group of  Fieldfare overhead 85+ plus a single Redwing, Yellowhammers number at 11 now.


Across Pennyquick and into village and a little quiet although the feeders by the village shop had Goldfinch, House Sparrow and Chaffinch on. Carried on through and On the Byway cottage more Fieldfare with a single Treecreeper.
Full moon in background (not)


Also here Goldcrest, Long Tailed Tits and Coal Tits.


Down through Send a Cow woodland and even more Long Tailed Tits plus a local resident who told us a Little Owl was heard last night (not included on the list today) but a Tawny Owl male was heard calling.
The Kissing gate still not finished at the lakes although it looks even more complicated!!
A Kingfisher seen perched up on lower brook, top Lake Goosander male just the one sadly, Moorhen seem to be doing well with 7 birds seen. All swans present including Billy on bottom lake.


Teal numbers have dropped slightly to 16, Mistle Thrushes bathing lake side and 8 Common Gulls washing along with Black Headed gulls.


Greenfinch scattered over patch today with a few at College feeding on Yew trees 14 birds in total, all high up unfortunately. At this point the species count was on 49. Couldn't believe we were gonna get to 50 Species again but a buzzard was seen in fields along side drive making 50 again !! 
Plus Laurens first 50 species walk.
Stock dove and Pied Wagtail seen the rest of drive taking it to 52, Amazing stuff!


Back into village and we were looking in all the the normal places for some missed regulars, Dunnock or Kestrel perhaps but nothing seen. But thinking we just spotted a Dunnock flitting across  the horse field which would have done but no A Stonechat  female and its mate feeding in scrub. 53 species and another record breaker and second time to 53 in a week! Lauren was very happy and it only took her 10 years to get to 50!
2 more Yellowhammer in cottage gardens was about our lot and truly great walk and to think looking out window this morning we nearly never went, so glad we did.



On that note i'd like to wish all are readers, local village residents and patch walkers a very Merry Christmas and a even better New Year.




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