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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

The sun

Today has been wall to wall sunshine ......... just like a spring day, despite the cool temperatures and a frost this morning.

Our early morning walks the last few days, at around 5:30, have found up to seven Song Thrushes singing from the tops of trees, along with Robins and Blackbirds. Almost like a dawn chorus.
By the Hilton Hotel, Lesser Celandine has been in flower for about a week, numerous Dandelions in the field for a number of weeks now, Primroses in flower in Kents Hill wood for some time, Daises for as long as I can remember, and yesterday I saw my first Buttercup.

About seven or eight in the mornings, we have walked around Caldecotte Lake for two to three hours. Whisky has made quite a few friends in the dog world, and really enjoys himself running around with them ............... in-between chasing after sticks.


The long staying Ferruginous Duck seems to have moved on in the last few days.

 My guess he's over at Mount Farm, where it has been spotted a couple of times.

Strange how one particular twitcher by the name of Lee Evans was very sceptical about it's origins when it first appeared early in the month. In his mind it was very likely an escapee from a private collection.
Since most of these birds have their wings clipped, to stop them escaping from captivity, I guess this one must have initially taken a taxi to Caldecotte.

Today's walk round the lake produced a good variety of birds; 42 in all.

 Mute Swan in reflective mood in the early sun this morning.

 Song Thrush

 Lesser Redpoll


Hopefully, pretty soon, we'll be heading up to north Wales.

More new birds to see, and one of Whisky's brothers, Thistle; along with two of his friends Bud and Ellie.

Full list of today's sightings

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Greater Canada Goose [sp] (Branta canadensis)
Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope)
Gadwall [sp] (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina)
Common Pochard (Aythya ferina)
Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)
Little Grebe [sp] (Tachybaptus ruficollis)
Great Crested Grebe [sp] (Podiceps cristatus)
Great Cormorant [sp] (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Grey Heron [sp] (Ardea cinerea)
Common Kestrel [sp] (Falco tinnunculus)
Common Moorhen [sp] (Gallinula chloropus)
Common Coot [sp] (Fulica atra)
Northern Lapwing (Vanellus vanellus)
Black-headed Gull (Chroicocephalus ridibundus)
Common Gull (Larus canus canus)
Lesser Black-backed Gull [sp] (Larus fuscus)
British Herring Gull (Larus argentatus argenteus)
Common Wood Pigeon [sp] (Columba palumbus)
Eurasian Collared Dove [sp] (Streptopelia decaocto)
Green Woodpecker [sp] (Picus viridis)
Grey Wagtail [sp] (Motacilla cinerea)
British Dunnock (Prunella modularis occidentalis)
British Robin (Erithacus rubecula melophilus)
Common Blackbird [sp] (Turdus merula)
British Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos clarkei)
Redwing [sp] (Turdus iliacus)
Goldcrest [sp] (Regulus regulus)
British Long-tailed Tit (Aegithalos caudatus rosaceus)
British Blue Tit (Cyanistes caeruleus obscurus)
British Great Tit (Parus major newtoni)
British Jay (Garrulus glandarius rufitergum)
Eurasian Magpie [sp] (Pica pica)
Carrion Crow [sp] (Corvus corone)
Common Starling [sp] (Sturnus vulgaris)
House Sparrow [sp] (Passer domesticus)
British Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs gengleri)
European Goldfinch [sp] (Carduelis carduelis)
Lesser Redpoll (Carduelis cabaret)
Reed Bunting [sp] (Emberiza schoeniclus)

Total species  42

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