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Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields

Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields
Introducing the Patch - Cattle Fields
Situated all around the old farm buildings (now office buildings and the big Manor Farm house), and looking down over the Flood Plain Forest Nature Reserve itself (main Lakes, Manor Farm Pits etc.), the Cattle Fields form one of the largest single areas of my Manor Farm patch, and definitely the largest open space.

As a side note I call the area the Cattle Fields here, but in truth the cattle are only in the fields part of the year (my least favourite time, I don't really have a great relationship with cows, they have a tendency to not like me either!), at other times the fields lay empty and at yet others they hold flocks of sheep, so really they are just utility fields but Cattle Fields is a much nicer name!

Warbler Wonderland

Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
Warbler Wonderland - Pied Wagtail
A Lack of decent photos (Not sure what has happened this week) and a lack of motivation to write this week has meant no blog posts even though I have been out every day this week, so far, so it's another round up post, sorry.

One thing I'd like to shout from the rooftops before I start the post though is the stunning fact that I have reached the 100 mark on bird species for the year on the patch, and we are not out of April! Quite amazing in my opinion, maybe not if you have a wonderful coastal patch but on the edge of Milton Keynes and just about as far from the coast as you can get I think it's pretty good (but more on that later I guess).

A MEGA Round-up

A MEGA Round-up
A MEGA Round-up
I've not had the energy, inclination to post the last time I walked the patch (Back issues again) but as I was forced to pop onto the patch today, when I should have been sleeping between night shifts (more on that later) I thought I'd post a quick round up of the last two trips, it will mainly highlight the feature birds and be a couple of photos, hopefully I'll be back to normal posting after my next walk (which will hopefully be tomorrow assuming I don't flake after tonight's work).

So today's post will be a MEGA round-up (yeah and there is a reason it is in upper case!).

Something Unexpected

Something Unexpected - Robin
Something Unexpected - Robin
After convincing Zoe that she should got to work early for some overtime (I'm kidding of course) she was in a good mood after the little lady got our chosen middle school (or whatever it is they are called these days) I had an unexpected morning to myself, and what better way to spend a few free hours than a walk around the patch?

I'm so glad that I did as not only did I meet a few fellow birders (one of whom informed me of an osprey that I had been flying over, I had missed it!), but I had some excellent patch birding.

I decided to walk clockwise, wanting to take in the river as well as the lakes, and for that reason I started at the old lock, and it really paid off!

Rainy Days

Rainy Days - Lapwing
Rainy Days - Lapwing
Rainy days, like today, remind me that I am never one to be accused of being a fair weather birder.

As the rain steadily dripped down form the sparkling green leaves of the soaking wet trees, I headed out onto the patch to see what the overnight storms, and current constant drizzle, may have brought down onto the pits - I've found rain often brings migrants at this time of year.

DISCLAIMER: As you can probably imagine with the rain steadily falling, from dark clouds, today was not really a day for photography, (apart from a few from the hide) so this post will mainly be text.

Glad to be Alive

Glad to be Alive
Glad to be Alive
Some days you're just glad to be alive. 

The sun was beating down in the way it only seems to do in Spring; Creating a beautiful, bright, light but without the haze of summer, a warm glow spreading across the land; The heat pleasant, rather than hot making walking a pleasure; A slight breeze gently drifting across the open spaces, carrying with it the welcoming songs of summer migrants; The rising thermals lifting larger birds and raptors skywards with ease. 

Yes, today was a day I was glad to be alive.