Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Nsl WEBS count walk

Date: 12/12/2017
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Blue skies to start, Frosty then overcast  and grey
Species Highlights: 
Goosander, Teal, Fieldfare, Redwing, Greenfinch, Song Thrush.
Started off as the norm through Bath Mill with plenty of Robin and Blackbirds, up onto dog track and a single Roe Deer stood hiding behind this twig!

At Apple trees on dog walk at least 10 Blackbirds mixed with Redwing feeding on the few fallen apples. Up onto fields and a mixed flock of Meadow Pipit 30+ birds with Linnet around 20, some landing distantly, the backdrop is Lansdown Crescent.

At the Globe lookout a large group of Wood Pigeon took to the skies around 150+ with 2 Yellowhammer and assorted Tits also.
On into village and in house opposite shop Redwing feeding on berries with Fieldfare over.

Some even let me get a few pictures!

So much choice for this Redwing, but overall not many berries around patch, especially Yew berries, very few about. Anyone else noticed this ?

Fieldfare were either hiding behind branches or into the now fading sun.

Or in the dark in Church yard Orchard, almost the same shot as last week.

But plenty of Turdus around today numbers were: 
40 Fieldfare
 30 Redwing
 7 Song Thrush 
3 Mistle Thrush
14 Blackbird

WEBS count at lake and really pleased that at least one Goosander stayed around, with Teal numbers on the rise with 19 birds present also 3 Cormorant in high fir tree.
heres full count.
The very smart male, hope he has some company soon.

On out through College and along back drive lots of Corvids around with a single Meadow pipit overhead, plus this Pied Wagtail.

This distant Buzzard hunting, watched him dive into grass only to fly off empty clawed.

Plenty of House Sparrow at Newton Farm shop and at horse fields a single Yellowhammer.

 The skies had turnned grey and overcast now so light was awful, but still nice to see this little yellow chap.

My count for the walk was pretty good at 45 species just missing a few common species to get to that elusive 50 count. 
Just before home this Grey Heron flew over the top of my house, must have been feeding in brook, i doubt my pond would give him much to eat!

Met some very nice people on walk today, always nice to chat.

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