Sunday, 19 February 2012

A day in the garden

Sunny, 6º, light SSW.

Had some work to do in the garden today and with bright sunny day a lot was going on, 3 Great-spotted Woodpeckers in and out the garden most of the day, with one drumming nearby.

2 Treecreepers went through with a small party of Long-tailed Tits and a Coal Tit heard singing. In addition, a couple of Goldcrests heard.

Almost certainly a Sparrowhawk around but did not see it, at one point something crashed into an ivy covered bush creating havoc amongst the Blackbirds with several alarm calls bursting out and everything disappeared into cover. At least 3 Blackbirds dived into the bush giving alarm calls and within a few seconds, whatever it was flew out and then heard Blue Tit alarm calls from that direction.

3 Blackcaps still visiting (1 male and 2 female) and 2 Song Thrushes regular along with the other usual visitors.

2 Red Kites regularly overhead and 2 Buzzards passed over.

When I had finished in the garden the big boys turned up with a handful of Wood Pigeon and the 2 Carrion Crows, also had the Mallard pair recently back in the garden.

A Kingfisher heard flying up Cholsey Brook, a Grey Heron has been feeding there on and off throughout the day and around 20 Redwing feeding in the meadow most of the day.

Also several Teal seen near Cholsey SF.

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