Monday, 12 November 2012

Wet - Dry - Wet

Gail and I made a quick call at my farmland bird feeding station yesterday morning, although it wasn't meant to be a quick call. Driving there it was raining, then it stopped as we headed off on our walk and then about half way round my regular circuit it started raining again and we had to make a hasty retreat to the car.

We had two flocks of 60 Woodpigeons head east as we walked down the track and 400 Pink-footed Geese flew over heading east. We could hear huge numbers of 'Pink-feet' but couldn't see them.

 Pink-footed Geese

Down at the feeding station were 24 Chaffinches, two Redwings, 49 Tree Sparrows, four Blackbirds, three Reed Buntings and a handful each of Blue Tit, Great Tit, Dunnock, Robin and Wren. Walking along the '97 hedge' there was no sign of last weeks monster finch flock and Corn Buntings and Yellowhammers were conspicuous by their absence.

 Blue Tit

Just as the rain came in we put up a Jack Snipe and then made our hasty retreat back to the car.


Warren Baker said...

49 Tree Sparrows, a number not seen in these parts since I was a kid, in the seventies.

The Hairy Birder said...

They're still hanging on up here Warren, although not as numerous as they were. Likewise Corn Bunting is hanging on, but not in the numbers it used to be.