Thursday, 22 February 2018

First 50+ species of the year

Date: 21/02/2018
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Starting sunny ended misty grey, cold
Species Highlights:    Spreedsheet
Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Yellowhammer, Blackcap, Greenfinch, Stock Dove, Linnet.
Headed out patch at around 10am, out through Bath Mill and up on to fields. 
A Bullfinch pair on feeders and a quizzical jay as i left my front door. 

Skylark up and singing in the sunshine along with a very mobile Linnet flock difficult to count, 2 groups today as a Sparrowhawk kept buzzing through the flock.

While watching the Linnet and Yellowhammers had 3 Stock Dove, 
later I saw 2+1 at other end of lakes. 

Yellowhammers being on guard from the Sparrowhawk attacks.

Seemed to be plenty around today with Blue, Great, Long Tailed and Coal Tits singing in almost every tree. Also Song Thrushes singing. 
Saw a large groups of gulls from the Trigpoint down on Globe fields mostley Black Headed Gulls but could also see Lesser Black Backed and Common Gulls feeding along University Drive. While making sure there were Common gull i walked along drive and surprised to see 8 Grey Heron along the brook.

One was even on last years nest although last year Heron's on nest by 01/02 so a bit later this year.

While scanning lower lake for Siskins spotted this, Red Kite high over head but first of the year.

Was heading out towards Newbridge and Bath, but takes patch ticks to 62 already!
Just looked at last years history and on the 12/02/2017 Red Kite , amazing 9 days in it.

2 Grey Wagtails on fishing lake, plus Billy.

Top Lake Cormorant on normal tree all the regulars came to my seed, Teal number dropped a bit to 50.

7 Moorhen plus mating Coot. 
While chatting to a nice lady dog walker( i know!) she mentioned on Saturday she saw a Little Egret, nice to hear, I will not count, like to see with my eyes first.

Lots of Goldcrest singing and Nuthatch in yews trees surrounding lakes but no Hawfinch seen but think i heard 1 by keep.

Meadow Pipit back drive only 6 birds seen, a fly past in village of a female Kestrel. At horse fields cottage 4 more Yellowhammer but could be a group from top fields.

Another Male Bullfinch also here. Got home and a male Blackcap was on our feeder tree, seen female also over the last few days. 
At walk end 52 species, the first of many in 2018 I'm sure, the spreadsheets looks great with the first part almost a tick in every box!

Thanks to everyone i spoke to today, it was a good day.

Thanks For Looking! 
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