Hi, bird count for Monday 20th Feb.– At the long pond it was quiet again with 2 swans and the white mallard and a few other mallards.
At the north feeder 2M-1F bullfinch, 3 great tits, 4 robins, 2M-1F reed buntings, 7 chaffinch, 3M-1F blackbirds, 3 dunnocks and 14 greenfinch.
Quiet here also in numbers but loud with bird song in nearby trees and bushes as the birds start the breeding season.
The count for today Tuesday 21st Feb. At the fishing pond there was a solitary dab diving away searching for food.
The long pond produced 2 swans, 4 canada geese, the white mallard and his associates. 3M-2F tufted ducks and 2 male mergansers.
At the north feeder–2M-2F bullfinches, 2 great tits, 3 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 3M-1F reed buntings, 7 chaffinch, 2 dunnocks,
3M-1F blackbirds, 3 goldfinch and 14 greenfinch. Also heard a thrush singing nearby and a woodpecker flew by.
Hi, a heron took flight from the fishing pond and settled at the long pond but not for long as it took
flight again as we approached. The white mallard and 12 other mallards and the 2 swans had breakfast with Bri.
At the north end of the pond were 2M-1F tufted ducks which later joined the others…too late missed the breakfast.
At the north feeder :- 1M-1F bullfinch, 2 great tits, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 2M-2F blackbirds, 2M-2F reed buntings,
1 dunnock, 5 chaffinch, 11 greenfinch and 4 goldfinch….still on the quiet side.
Another overcast day, no roses or chocolates for the birds on this site, just the usual seed and nuts. Very quiet on the feeders today numbers were very low:- 2 Blue Tit, 2 Great Tit 1 F Bullfinch, 2M 2F Blackbirds, 2 Greenfinch, 2M 2f Chaffinch, 5 Goldfinch, 1 Magpie, 4 robins, 1 dunnock, and 1 Coal Tit.
But the Tufted were out in force 6 pairs on the long pond, see pic of some, the tame super sub striker was out again while feeding the swans, will try and take a video tomorrow if light is better
This morning was overcast and a bit drizzly, Blackcombe has been decapitated. Bob not present today so no bird count, hope to do better tomorrow, a few goldfinch on feeders see pic, good to watch them squabbling. Also watched the super submarine striker (male tufted), same profile as yesterday, would submerge about 10 foot from the feeding ducks and swans and come up from underneath to pinch the bread, sneaky!!
Also found the badgers have returned to the set near the old tip, lots of fresh activity, could be the female having young away from the main set, then retuning when they are a little older.
Hi, the ice has nearly all gone from the long pond and Brian was feeding the 2 swans, 14 mallards and 2 pairs of tufted ducks.
The swans and mallards were nigh in a feeding frenzy with the bread being thrown to them in the shallow water. When one of the male tufted
ducks dived beneath the water from the rear of the feeding group swam alongside one of the swans. Then to our amazement
stole the bread from the swan, whilst still submerged, to its bewilderment. What a sight to behold it is the first time either of us have seen
one of these ducks swimming underwater. They are usually much further out in the pond when diving so the opportunity never arises.
At the north feeder- 1M-1F bullfinch, 1 great tit, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 2 dunnocks, 3M-2F reed buntings,
5 chaffinch, 9 greenfinch, 8 goldfinch and 3M-3F blackbirds.
Hi, the count for Friday 10th :- at the long pond just 14 mallard and 2 swans.
North feeder :- 2M-1F bullfinch,1 great tit,2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 4 robins, 2M-3F reed buntings,
4M-3F blackbirds,1 goldfinch,15 greenfinch, 2 dunnocks, 4 chaffinches.
2 woodpeckers flew by going south.
Count for today Sat. 11th :- at long pond, 14 mallard, 2 swans and one male tufted duck.
North feeder:- 1M-1F bullfinch, 2 great tits, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 3M- 2F reed buntings,
6M-4F blackbirds, 4 chaffinch, 12 greenfinch, 2 dunnocks, 4 robins.