30/03/13 07:00 - 09:00 White frost and snow showers. Northerly breeze developing.
A Little Owl
and a Snipe
made up for an otherwise dull excursion on what looked to be a promising morning. A few Fieldfares
and Redwings, Skylarks
singing aloft, Long-tailed Tits
and a Pied Wagtail
were seen but still no Chiffchaffs.
26/03/13 08:30 - 10:00 Cold & windy
A Lesser Black-backed Gull
was a new species for the year but there are no spring migrants yet (except for a possible Chiffchaff that nipped in an out of a hedge-bottom). There were though about 100 Fieldfares
and 20 Redwings
, in the company of 100 Starlings
and a few Blackbirds
and Song Thrushes
in the horse pastures. There were also 2 Buzzards
enjoying the wind.
Later, I came across some photogenic Redwings
) in the burial ground car park.
25/03/13 17:28 Cold & windy
About 25-30 Waxwings
have just wheeled over my garden.
A couple of today's garden visitors that stayed around for a photo.
23/03/13 07:00 - 08:30 Continuous fine driven snow. 0°.
The only sounds were a calling Green Woodpecker
. The only wildlife I saw was Carrion Crows, Magpies, Woodpigeons, Yellowhammers
and a Wren
Tim did say what breed his sheep were but I only recall that they are mules with some Swaledale, Whiteface and Charolais involved somewhere along the line.
18/03/13 07:15 - 10:00 Frosty start, light snow fluuries, dead calm.
were still active early on and I lost count of the Hares
but it was probably about the same as 17th (11). At least 2 Goldcrests
and both these and scattered Skylarks
were singing. 2 Grey Partridges
were the first (of either species) that I've seen this year.
17/03/13 06:30 - 08:30 Cold, calm, damp. 2°
, 2 Kestrels
and 6 Bullfinches
were high counts and along with the Green Woodpecker
and a Buzzard
represented the usual species. 2 Mute Swans
in a neighbouring field were very unusual and when they spotted me they slowly taxied into position for a subsequent low fly-past as they headed off north. 11 Hares
in groups of 3, 3, 2, 1 and 2 over three fields was also a high count. A single Greylag Goose
15/03/13 08:30 - 10:30 Cloudy with cold southerly f5. Rain developing. 6°C.
Heard the Green Woodpecker
for the first time in weeks. 3 Hares
, 2 Moorhems
, a Reed Bunting
in potential territory, 3 Skylarks
and a party of about 15 Yellowhammers
. Red Dead-nettle
14/03/13 11:30 - 13:45 Cloudless start becoming colder and 7/8 cloud. 6°C.
A very brief Kingfisher
made up for a dull visit with 2 Buzzards
and a few Long-tailed Tits
being of interest. The Celandines
and White Willow
catkins are breaking bud and a 7-spot Ladybird
was my first this year but it wasn't looking too happy.
13/03/13 11:15 - 13:30 Cold, overcast with sunny breaks.
An unexpectedly interesting couple of hours with the highlight being a 5 second glimpse of a fly-by Red Kite
Twenty or so scattered Fieldfares
were accompanied by a few Redwings
and three Linnets
. A Heron
did a circuit and a Pied Wagtail
was the first in the area this year.
That's 50 species of bird so far this year, and the summer migrants are only a month away.
09/03/13 07:00 Foggy 2°.
Uninviting weather for trips out but a Sparrowhawk
was having breakfast on my garden lawn when I looked out. I think the kill must be a female Blackbird. He revisited the crime scene later.
The primary length is 122mm if anyone has a better idea.
05/03/13 09:00 - 10:45 -1° Foggy increasing to +1°.
Visibility not much greater than 100m and remaining so. Only a Kestrel
of interest but Chaffinches, Great Tits, Blue Tits
and Tree Sparrows
at the hopper with a pair of Bullfinches
nearby - well away from their normal location in and around the meadow.
04/03/13 13:15 - 15:30 Hazy sunshine 10°.
Hardly a bird worth a mention to be seen, but the sunshine was pleasant and I heard a Moorhen!
Later, a Fieldfare had a bath in my garden pond.
03/03/13 11:00 - 01:30 Overcast 6° becoming sunny 11°.
dashing along the brook was the first here for several years and it was followed by a lone drake Teal
disturbed from the shallows. Kestrel
were seen and a Buzzard
01/03/13 09:00 - 10:45 Overcast, cool breeze.
An isolated White dead-nettle
was the first flower of the year. 100 Fieldfare
, a few Goldfinches
, a Goldcrest
(again in the meadow - the 2nd this year) and a Long-tailed Tit
were the best of the birds.