Hi, freezing ground this morning every stone and bare patch was just ice, tricky underfoot.
At the long pond 2 swans and a few mallard coping with the icy conditions…still quiet.
At the north feeder 2M-2F bullfinch,4 blue tits, 3 great tits, 1 coal tit, 3M-1F reed buntings,
7M-3F blackbirds, 8 chaffinch, 2 dunnocks, 5 robins and 12 greenfinch.
Posted by Bob
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’.
Posted by Bob
Approaching the fishing pond Brian and I saw a heron near to the fishing landings, Brian tried to get a photo, as usual the heron took flight.
At the north feeder this morning:- 1M-1F bullfinch, 2 great tits, 2 blue tits, 1 coal tit, 9 greenfinch, 5 goldfinch,
5 chaffinch,5 robins, 2m-1F reed buntings, 2 dunnocks, 3m-3F blackbirds.
The long pond was almost frozen over again but 2 swans and the white mallard and 4 other mallards had kept it from freezing completley
in a different location to the last few days.
Posted by Bob
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.
Posted by Bob Chubb
As Bob posted today, we missed the swans landing but here are a couple of photos , they look like two adults, two adolescent and two cygnets.
Also attached is a photo taken a couple of weeks ago,of a Teal flapping it’s wings but notice the two white feathers, one on each wing pointing backwards, anyone know what these are.
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.
Posted by Bob Chubb.