Thursday, 18 January 2018

Stonechat close ups

Date: 18/01/2018
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Blue skies but cold
Species Highlights: 
Yellowhammer, Greenfinch, Hawfinch, Linnet, Stonechat.
Full sightings
Observation: 
Blue skies today and a wander around patch was required, i was meeting Robert Hargreaves at Severn Acre. Across top fields a large group of Linnets still around and even perched up for some pictures.


Skylark only about 4 birds but the main highlight was Yellowhammer numbers 40+ birds constantly flying overhead in small groups. Down on the Globe fields 50 + Black Headed & Lesser Black Backed Gulls were feeding and usually for here 10 Rook flew over with the Yellowhammers seem to be defending their territory. A few Redwing taking Ivy Berries from Severn Acre.


On along Byway dropping some seed by Trigpoint then on in to the Village with Grey Wagtail, Pied Wagtail on Thatched cottage by the shop. Coal Tit but little else down through Send a Cow woodland. Across the drive and the 2 female Bullfinch almost in same place as previous walk feeding in butterfly alley.


4 Grey Heron on brook and a fly over, this one was apart from Billy the Mute and a couple of Mallard was the only bird on lower lake.


Nothing new on upper lake teal, Mallard and Mute numbers same as normal but Robert spotted this Hawfinch along with 2 others in Yew trees across by Keep.
(This taken from Pagoda)
While waiting for the Hawfinches to return 10+ Greenfinch, Chaffinch and a party of Long Tailed tits kept us company but the Hawfinches didn't return. 12 Meadow Pipits unusual for here, never seen then before in College grounds.


Out along drive and Rook and Crow feeding as normal in fields.


Just before end of drive, West of England Falconry were flying one of there Harris Hawks always great to watch.


Perched on the Falconers head!


Such impressive birds, why can't Buzzards fly past like this!!


After leaving Robert, he was gonna drive home and leave me to walk the mile or so home! LOL. 
I spotted a flypast Kestrel and these Snowdrops, its seems January the month for these to appear.


Redwing in horsefields a group of around 25+ with 2/3 Fieldfare feeding, you can really see the Orange underwing which probably would be a better name for them. While watching and wondering why i hadn't seen the Pair of Stonechats recently amazingly the female landed not 5 foot from me!



After stepping back a few feet managed a few nice shots of her.


Real little posers


Even the male showed up but a little more cautious, keeping his eyes on me checking out his missus!
That was it and a very enjoyable walk was had 45 species missing a few birds i always see but can't have 50+ every time.


Went to Blagdon Lake Wednesday met with Nige Millbourne to see Black-Necked Grebes did see them distantly, here's a picture. Also in pic the Pochard x Ferruginous Duck bonus!


Off to USA for 8 days so check blog as i'll do a USA special, hoping for a few snow covered birds!

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