Not a good week this week due to the wet weather so most of the action was around the feeders where the highlights were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, still a few Robins fighting it out, Nuthatch, a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers this week but kept away from the table always remaining in the tree tops, Chaffinch was seen mainly females, Blackbirds, Magpies, Dunnock and a brief view of a single Goldcrest.
Did manage a walk around the now muddy field one day where a Kestrel took flight from one of the bushes as I approached it
Well back to another New Year and it started with a very wet and windy week with temperatures slightly above the norm, which resulted in most of the action being around the bird table area.
Robins were still in good numbers and still chasing each other around the trees and bushes, a Great Spotted Woodpecker was heard alarm calling but not located, coming into the table were Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch, and Nuthatch.
Around and about were Magpie, Woodpigeons, Jackdaws, Crows and Dunnocks making for a good start to the year
The last week of the year and an unseasonable mild week with temperatures hitting the 10°/11° mark for the week, which has given a few more bird species this week.
Out in the woods Goldcrest were found along the hedgerows, Treecreepers were doing what they do best, a mixed flock of Siskin, Goldfinch, and Blue Tit were seen, Long tailed Tit and Great Tit could also be found.
Around the birdtable Nuthatch was heard early morning but not seen, Coal Tit, Great Tit and Blue Tits were constantly feeding and Dunnock, Robins, Blackbirds, Chaffinch and Pheasant were always feeding around the tree base.
That brings 2017 to a close it only remains for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and may your dreams come true in 2018, Happy New Year.
Thanks for joining me in 2017 please come back in 2018
Another cold week resulting in very little happening of note, all the action being around the birdtables. On show this week were a gorgeous male Pheasant, whom was very approachable, Dunnocks, plenty of Blackbirds, Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Chaffinch ♀, Great Spotted Woodpecker (heard only), Robins who this week increased to about seven birds, hence there was a lot of territory fighting going on with the odd feather being lost, great to watch. Join me in the Final week of 2018 next week
A cold week with temperatures in the 2° to 8° degree range with plenty of winter sunshine.
Highlights this week include a single Common Buzzard seen at a distance and a single Kestrel again hunting over the adjacent field. In the woods this week Nuthatch, Bullfinch, Wren and Chaffinch.
We could find the main congregation of birds this week around the bird table area with plenty of Blackbirds, plenty of fighting Robins, a pair of Coal Tit, and also a pair of Great Spotted Woodpecker, the Nuthatch could also be seen around here, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock and a splendid looking male Pheasant. A pair of Grey Wagtail were heard then seen going over the lower car park buildings, and the Field Mouse was still present
Highlight this week was a pair of Grey Wagtail flying over the top car park, a Red Status bird by the RSPB.
Around the bird table this week Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin, Coal Tit, Nuthatch, Chaffinch and high up in the tree nearby a Great Spotted Woodpecker alarm calling, with a Field Mouse filling its belly at the base of the table.
In the field a Kestrel showed briefly but distant, and a good sized charm of Goldfinch were about but alas no Siskin seen this week, Blackbirds about also but still no Redwing seen
Another good week on site with a few good sightings, still no Redwing dispite a good influx into the country, and me seeing a few at Old Moor RSPB late in the week.
Highlights again this week was the Siskin and Goldfinch flock high in the alder trees,and with them were Blue and Great Tit. Also in the wood Bullfinch, Blackbird, Wren, Long tailed Tit and Robin were about, an alarm call by a Great Spotted Woodpecker drew my attention to a bird high up in a tree, it seemed very settled and remained for about 5 mins before flying off.
Around the bird table thus wekk were Robin, Pheasant, Dunnock, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Coal Tit, Chaffinch and Nuthatch. A Grey Wagtail in the car park at the begining of the week was a great surprise.
Plenty of Black headed Gulls now about in the nearby fields a sign that winter approachs
Great Spotted Woodpecker