A dryer week this week resulted in a few birds being encouraged on to the site, Pied Wagtail was the first highlight at the beginning of the week followed by a pair of Mallards on the overflow pool.
Common Buzzards were active this week flying thru the site on numerous occasions, last weeks Chiffchaff was quiet this week only putting a a solo appearance.
The woods were a bit busier with Nuthatch, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Coal Tit and Long tailed Tit active
However still no insect life as yet this year
Good to be back on lunch time duty after a couple of weeks break, and looks like I managed to hit a good week, birds a plenty.
Highlight early week was a singing Chiffchaff back on site (returning summer migrant), but only heard on the Monday and not seen again so may have moved on. A fly thru Starling was another highlight which is a rare bird in these parts and theres been lots of activity out in the woods this week with plenty of singing/calling birds, Blue Tit, Great Tit and Coal Tit all active, Treecreeper was seen most days (not still enough for a photo). Bullfinch was seen and heard most days and a pair of Jays was a nice surprise. Wrens, Robins, Dunnock, Nuthatch and Goldcrest are all now busy.
End of the week Thursday was raptor day with Common Buzzards (seen most days during the week), Sparrowhawk and Kestrel
A good week with winter however returning late in the week with another good snowfall.
Despite the grey days a pair of Common Buzzard were spotted at the beginning of the week, with the snowfall last week we had a good fall of winter thrush around the country but after a good search I only found one bird, a Fieldfare, which flew over the site and didn’t stop,a flock of Redwing thru at the end of the week, whilst searching for Fieldfare I came across two Song Thrush in the nearby field.
In the freshly turned field were Woodpigeons, Black headed Gulls, Phesant, Jackdaw and Crows this week.
The Nuthatches was noisy this week and could be seen and heard most days around the bird table area, also around the table were, Great Tit, Blue Tit, Blackbird, Robin and Dunnocks.
The end of the week brought back Goldfinch seen in one of the car parks along with a pair of Goldcrest found along one of the hedgerows
Snow hit the UK badly this week, don’t like snow I love my sun, so I’m afraid it was down to lack of interest this week that I didn’t venture out much.
So its limited highlights this week, sorry, most of the action of course was around the bird table with Blue Tit, Great Tit, plenty of Blackbirds, Dunnock, Robins, and Nuthatch.
The cold/snow snap brought the Redwings in at last along with more Blackbirds, and a single Song Thrush, these were seen around the gorse bushes feeding through the leaf litter, lovely looking birds, well-marked clearly showing the red down their flanks, and the well marked creamy white stripe above the eye. Mainly a winter visitor to the UK but does breed in Northernmost Scotland
In the nearby field at the beginning of the week, thanks to muck spreading, were plenty of Black headed Gulls and at the end of the week in the same field which was now full of snow, the highlight of the week really one bird species that hasn’t been seen for a while, a single Lapwing, giving good views, the bird was in flight and settled within the snow
Bird Table Area
Highlights from the lunch breaks this week, Robins seemed to have dispersed with many singing on territories, a pair of Bullfinch are now back on site and a Goldcrest was found in the woods, this years tally now 24 species
Most of the action was again around the bird table with Coal Tit (2 week), Blue Tit, Great Tit, Long tailed Tit, Dunnock, Blackbirds, and Nuthatch, with a Great Spotted Woodpecker nearby
Did wonder whether to report this week due to the lack of sightings but thought against it, any sighting is a good sighting, but its short and sweet
The lack of action was centred around the bird table with nothing from the woods this week. So, coming into the table was Coal Tit, Blue Tit, Great Tit, Robin, Dunnock and Blackbirds
Said it was short and sweet, have a good week, thanks for visiting
Winter returned for the first half of the week with temps once again in the minus but did pick up on the second half climbing back to 0°
Having said that things looked good in the woods on the brighter winters day with birds now seeming to pair up and claiming breeding sites, which gave us a good count of birds seen.
Highlight of the week goes down to a Grey Wagtail going over my head whilst I was in the nearby field, in the woods a pair of Great Spotted Woodpeckers were seen along with them Nuthatch , Jay, Great Tit, Blue Tit and Long tailed Tit.
Over the site were a pair of Common Buzzard and down at the feeders this week Coal Tit was seen regular as was a Pheasant, Robins and Dunnocks, a Song Thrush was nearby heard mainly early morning