Thursday, 28 February 2013

Drying out

Hazy sunshine, 7º, light to moderate NE, felt colder in the wind.

The ground is beginning to dry out but still a bit soggy in places.
My usual circular walk out to Lollingdon, the Lees etc. Lollingdon area was fairly quiet a hundred or so winter thrushes (c60 Fieldfare and c40 Redwing), two Grey Partridge, a Skylark in song and a Grey Heron, the rest of the area was quite devoid of any small passerines.
Near the Lees and the area leading up to Cholsey hill there were a few more birds, a Peregrine, several small flocks of Lapwing totalling around one hundred and fifty birds, several hundred Golden Plover in the air at a distance (probably over the Moreton floods), over two hundred Skylark (60+ in one flock), sixty plus Meadow Pipit, forty Linnet and several hundred winter thrushes.

Two Goldcrest seen close to the garden today and two Moorhen in the garden, one of the Moorhens took a liking to some of the apple I’ve been putting out for the Blackbirds, also a Blue Tit seen feeding on apple.
 Stock Dove dozing on the lawn
Grey Heron

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