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.
Hi, good to see Geof”s posting yesterday, hope you are feeling better.
At the long pond the 2 swans waddled over the ice to take some bread along with 4 mallard, and that was it,
The north feeder:- 1M-1F bullfinch,3 great tits, 2 blue tits, 4M-1F reed buntings, 2M-2F blackbirds, 5 chaffinch,
2 dunnocks, 4 robins, 13 greenfinch, 8 goldfinch……since starting my count on 24th Oct. 2011 this is the highest
number of goldfinch I have recorded here have seen charms of them in higher number feeding in the fields but not conducting a count then.
For the interested Brian and myself top up the feeders on a daily basis and we sit for approx. 10 – 20 minutes
counting and observing, Bri is usually busy with his camera clicking away for that winning photo’.
I got on the reserve before the tide left so there were a few stragglers around. Lots of Sanderling rushing around as always, and a single Ringed Plover were all I could muster. The Meadows were better though with the ubiquitous Curlew in profusion, Lapwings of course, a lot of Redshank, Oystercatcher and one solitary Grey Plover looking sorry for itself. Nothing much else out of the norm except perhaps a single Wren, but the rest was the expected stuff.
There were bikers coming into the sand hills as I was leaving, and although too far away to shout to them my trusty camera recorded number plates and as they were daft enough to stop and remove their helmets, faces too. They saw me photographing and then pretending to talk on my mobile and they legged it sharpish. I’m sending the pics to Steve, I think he should send them a policeman as a warning.
Starting todays walk Brian and I were walking in misty conditions and we could hear geese flying high but could not see them because of the
low cloud and mist. Towards the end the sun cleared the cloud and mist and we observed at least 500 geese flying south in several skiens, they were too high to identify.
The lakeland hills looked beautiful with the recent snowfall on them.
At the long pond the small hole has reappeared as a thaw continues, it was a refuge for 14 canada geese, 14 mallards and one heron taking flight
Two canada geese were flying around the others on the pond and calling to each other but they did not land.
At the north feeder:- 2M-1F bullfinch,1 great tit, 6 blue tits, 2 coal tits,5 robins, 6 chaffinch, 3M-2F reed buntings, 4 goldfinch,12 greenfinch,
2M-2F blackbirds, 2 dunnocks.
Returning Bri and myself saw the white mallard with two others at the south end of the long pond.
Hi at the start of the walk there were 2 thrushes scurrying away between the brambles on the tank tracks.
At the long pond the ice has finally won and covered all the pond now. All Brian and myself saw was 6 teal taking flight
2M-2F mallards…so quiet, then as we continued 14 canada geese flew in and landed out of sight from us.
At the north feeder :- 1M-1F bullfinch,1 great tit,4 blue tits,2 coal tits,7 greenfinch,2 goldfinch,3M-4F blackbirds,
3 dunnocks,3M-2F reed buntings,4 robins,5 chaffinch.
On the way back we observed 6 mute swans at the south end of the long pond, 2 cygnets,1 immature, 2 cobs and 1 pen.
would have been a marvellous sight seeing them land as there was a veneer of water on the surface of the ice the same
conditions that the canada geese endured and we missed both landings.
Hi, at the long pond the 2 swans have gone as the small pool is nigh on closing in with the ice.
All that was there was the white mallard with 9 other mallards and 1 canada goose.
No other birds were evident.
At the north feeder, 2M–2F bullfinch,2 great tits,1 coal tit, 7 chaffinch, 5 robins, 8M–2F blackbirds
11 greenfinch,3 goldfinch,2 dunnocks,3m–2F reed buntings.
At the back a magpie was waiting for Bri and me to go so it could raid all the scraps we had left out for the smaller birds.
No blue tits today perhaps they having a lye in..oh and the return of the coal tit not seen by me for the last two days.