Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday 16th January

It was a beautiful sunny morning for my walk today, urging the local Great Tits, Mistle Thrush, and Goldcrest to sing. A strong but mild westerly was blowing.

6 Goldcrest were noted, a Coal Tit was heard, 4 Treecreeper were heard, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker was seen in one of the Alders next to Madginford Bridge (the bridge along the River Len closest to Willington Street), several flocks of Long-tailed Tits were seen, 2 Collared Doves were seen along the Causeway - quite a heard bird to see in the park - a flock of around 14 Goldfinch and 8 Chaffinch were in the hawthorn hedge at the southern end of the Causway, Siskin were heard along the River Len, a Kestrel was seen flying south over the Len Valley towards the large areas of rough grassland - a first for the year - a Grey Wagtail was heard calling as it flew over the Lake, and 6 Redwing were noted.

Grey Heron

A Grey Heron was perched in it's favourite overhanging tree east of the Weir bridge, and of particular note on the Lake were 13 Pochard, 6 Tufted Duck, 6 Mute Swans, a few Canada Geese, and the gull flock consisted of at least 32 Common Gull, at least 200 Black-headed Gulls, 1 winter-plumaged adult Mediterranean Gull - the first of the year - and a flock of 8 Herring Gulls flew around the Lake before heading off north.

Med Gull with other gulls

(second from the front - the one with the bright red bill, large black smudge behind the eye, and no black wing-tips)


Adam said...

Great Heron pic Simon - I'll have to start looking for Med Gulls now

Warren Baker said...

Unlike Adam, I'm already scanning for Med Gulls, - no luck though :-)

Greenie said...

Simon ,
I like the composition of the Heron shot too .
Well done with the Med Gull .
More rain on the way , it will be some time till the Old Pond is back to normal .

Alan Pavey said...

I really like the Heron pic too, I tried to pick out a Med in the 300 or so Black Heads flying through the other day, I'm hoping they'll stop in the fields to give me a better chance!!



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