Monday, 19 March 2018

A Snowy WeBs Count

Date: 19th March 2018
Location: Newton St Loe
Weather: Snow on Ground, Cold Wind but Sunny
Species Highlights: 3 Hawfinch, 1 Blackcap (M), 15+ Siskin, 4 Fieldfare, 35+ Redwing, 1 Treecreeper, 9 Song Thrush, 1 Greater Spotted Woodpecker, 2 Nuthatch, 2 Goldcrest, 40+ Meadow Pipit, 3 Buzzard, 1 Jay, 4 Yellowhammer, 27 Stock Dove, 35+ Goldfinch
WeBs Count: 4 Mute Swan, 13 Mallard, 5 Moorhen, 3 Coot, 23 Teal, 1 Grey Heron, 9 Black-Headed Gull

Full 42 Species Count Here - https://goo.gl/q9xrq3

Observation: Out through Bath Mill as normal, plenty of snow still on the ground, so quite a few little birds about. Robin, Dunnock and Blackbirds mostly, along with some Goldfinch, using the Brook to have some fresh drinking water.

Entering the Dog Walk, we heard a drumming Greater Spotted Woodpecker, a little unusual for here.

Up over Seven Acre Fields, it was pretty quiet, as the snow cover was alot deeper with drifts along the Lanes. No Yellowhammer seen along the track today.
From the Lookout over onto Globe Fields, the Stock Dove were still present in the corner a count of 26 seen. 2 Buzzards also seen.

Into the Village, again fairly quiet, with only a single Jay and some House Sparrow seen.

By Send A Cow, there were quite a few Meadow Pipit feeding around the Sheep and on the snow free grass.


 We checked out the Heronry, as the Heron's had been nest building over the last few weeks, no sign of any Heron's today but a few nests although full of snow!

A single Stock Dove landed in the tree behind us, which was nice.


As we couldn't get out due to the snow yesterday, we done the WeBs count today.


Bottom Lake, was very quiet for the WeBS count, with only 1 Moorhen, 1 Mute Swan (Billy) and 2 Mallard.

Although a good count of Siskin in the Alders along the Lake, we counted at least 15.


Top Lake, the 3 Mute Swans still present, although the Cygnet is being chased off alot now, a low count of Mallard only 13 seen, 3 Coot, 5 Moorhen, 23 Teal, 1 Grey Heron and 9 Black-Headed Gulls. Also 1 Little Grebe (as per Anne, which we must have missed).




Onto the Keep, to search for the Hawfinch, after a short wait, one flew across the tree's and landed where we found a further two, taking the total to 3! 

A poor shot of them here!


Back along the College Drive, the wind was bitter so nothing spotted.

Back through the Village, and along the Lane, 4 Fieldfare spotted in the tree's, also heard up to 4 Yellowhammer calling along the Lanes.

Lastly back in Bath Mill on Sunnybank, a further 5+ Meadow Pipit feeding on the grass, nice to see them so close to home!

Local birder, Anne, also had the above count along with Little Grebe on Top Lake and a count of 50 Fieldfare!

There were high counts of Crow, Rook, Jackdaw, Robin on the walk today.


Back at Home, our pair of Collared Dove were present and the Male Blackcap who has been visiting for a few weeks was feeding.





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