Saturday, March 01, 2008

Saturday 1st March

A late morning stroll in gorgeous sunshine was very pleasant, but a very strong northerly wind blowing made viewing birds harder than usual.

2 Green Woodpeckers were heard, a Nuthatch was heard singing from an Oak, a Goldcrest searched for food in a Yew, 2 Treecreepers were heard singing, a Little Owl was observed sitting in its hole in the usual old Oak, a group of Long-tailed Tits passed through a Hawthorn hedge, 4 Stock Dove were seen – with one pair seen investigating a hole in a Beech, and 6 Redwing were seen.

On the Lake were 31 Canada Geese, 9 Pochard, 2 Great Crested Grebes displaying, 1 Little Grebe, and the countless Mallards, Coots and Moorhens. The gull flock on the Lake consisted of at least 14 Common Gulls, about 36 Black-headed Gulls, and 8 Med Gulls – with 5 birds looking very handsome in the summer plumage.

Also of note was the first Coltsfoot in flower, and all the Elder bushes are now bursting into leaf.

Tussilago farfara

Sambucus nigra


Tony Morris said...

That's a great number of Med Gulls, they're stunning in summer plumage aren't they!

Warren Baker said...

8 Med. Gulls!
I'd like just one, even it was just a flyover!

thepowerguides said...

cool blog and I know the area slightly must be a pleasure to walk and listen there

Steve From
The Power Bird Watchers Guide

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